Definition of permeable in English:



  • (of a material or membrane) allowing liquids or gases to pass through it.

    ‘a frog's skin is permeable to water’
    • ‘The architect ensured that some rainwater would go into the soil by specifying permeable grid pavers.’
    • ‘Further addition of the detergent renders the membrane more permeable.’
    • ‘The rough grade was thinly plated with permeable sandy loam soils.’
    • ‘A ‘carrier bed’ is a porous and permeable rock near the source rock through which petroleum flows from source to trap.’
    • ‘This permeable layer could consist of stacks of rocks or soil between the two ponds.’
    • ‘The walls made without cement are permeable and thus need no separate provision for drainage.’
    • ‘The shell is freely permeable to small gas molecules, including water vapor.’
    • ‘The damaged endothelial cells become more permeable.’
    • ‘Latex gloves are permeable to chemicals, so nitrile gloves are your best choice.’
    • ‘Nails are also permeable, which means they let in liquids that come in contact with them.’
    • ‘The most permeable soils are granular and consist of a fair amount of sand or gravel.’
    • ‘The dialysis membrane is permeable to all the plasma constituents, with the exception of plasma proteins.’
    • ‘Many soils have a topsoil layer that is more permeable than the clay subsoil.’
    • ‘Their home designs use the natural landscape as well as permeable materials to capture and retain stormwater onsite.’
    • ‘The surface texture is not necessarily always a permeable membrane.’
    • ‘The channel is impermeable to anions but is permeable to a diverse group of cations.’
    • ‘Magnesium alloys, on the other hand, form a loose, permeable oxide coating on the molten metal surface.’
    • ‘Because toads have permeable skin, RBG is also found in high concentrations in the blood.’
    • ‘A semi-permeable membrane is otherwise known as a selectively permeable membrane.’
    • ‘These well drained, moderately to rapidly permeable soils were formed in glacial outwash.’
    porous, pervious, penetrable, spongy, absorbent, absorptive
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Late Middle English: from Latin permeabilis, from permeare pass through (see permeate).