Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Capable of being permeated or penetrated, especially by liquids or gases.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • That may be permeated; capable of being passed through without rupture or displacement of parts: noting particularly substances that permit the passage of fluids.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Capable of being permeated, or passed through; yielding passage; passable; penetrable; -- used especially of substances which allow the passage of fluids

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or relating to substance, substrate, membrane or material that absorbs or allows the passage of fluids.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective allowing fluids or gases to pass or diffuse through

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin permeabilis.

Examples

  • However, the seized products were in permeable packages and held under conditions that could affect the food's integrity and quality.

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  • They are all permeable, and the reason they're permeable is that nobody likes someone who talks shit about other people.

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  • This includes a stout casing and what is known as a permeable polymer separator, which stops the electrodes in the cell touching each other and causing a short circuit.

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  • Only when she turned a certain way did it become clear that what rested atop her muscle and bone was not skin, but a kind of permeable membrane that anything could pass through.

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  • More recently, we have also developed a method for examining the microscopic and macroscopic properties of fluids with restricted flow geometries, such as permeable and semi-permeable membranes, and used it to study phenomena such as osmosis, reverse osmosis and electro-osmosis.

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  • They simply don't see the avatar as any kind of permeable, interactive vehicle that will then be inhabited by real people to use, with their rights.

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  • They simply don't see the avatar as any kind of permeable, interactive vehicle that will then be inhabited by real people to use, with their rights.

    MacArthur Series on Philanthropy and Virtual Worlds

  • They simply don't see the avatar as any kind of permeable, interactive vehicle that will then be inhabited by real people to use, with their rights.

    MacArthur Series on Philanthropy and Virtual Worlds

  • If a new driveway or parking area is constructed using permeable surfaces such as permeable concrete block paving, porous asphalt or gravel, or if the water is otherwise able to soak into the ground you will not require planning permission.

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  • If a new driveway or parking area is constructed using permeable surfaces such as permeable concrete block paving, porous asphalt or gravel, or if the water is otherwise able to soak into the ground you will not require planning permission.

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