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seep

[seep] /sip/
verb (used without object)
1.
to pass, flow, or ooze gradually through a porous substance:
Water seeps through cracks in the wall.
2.
(of ideas, methods, etc.) to enter or be introduced at a slow pace:
The new ideas finally seeped down to the lower echelons.
3.
to become diffused; permeate:
Fog seeped through the trees, obliterating everything.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause to seep; filter:
The vodka is seeped through charcoal to purify it.
noun
5.
moisture that seeps out; seepage.
6.
a small spring, pool, or other place where liquid from the ground has oozed to the surface of the earth.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; perhaps variant of dial. sipe, itself perhaps continuing Old English sīpian (cognate with Middle Low German sīpen)
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Examples from the web for seep
  • Even if the stored gas didn't leak straight to the surface, it might seep into groundwater supplies.
  • After your job is secure, let the follicles folly and the truth seep out.
  • Plants on slopes are often challenging to irrigate, since water can run downhill faster than it can seep into the root zone.
  • These are the types of jobs that pay decently and but don't seep into the rest of your life.
  • Wear them under your pants so the rain can't seep inside the gaiter and down into your boots.
  • And as his ideas seep into the mainstream, he could yet make the world safe for financial engineering.
  • Cold seep communities thrive on cooler, mineralized water leaking from the muddy sea floor.
  • Instead there is a steady seep of gas in the surrounding air.
  • And by pumping out oil from the highest reservoir you release the pressure on the lower ones, allowing more oil to seep up.
  • The worry is that condensation from a crankcase ventilation port could seep into the brake system vacuum port and freeze.
British Dictionary definitions for seep

seep

/siːp/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings; ooze
noun
2.
a small spring or place where water, oil, etc, has oozed through the ground
3.
another word for seepage
Word Origin
Old English sīpian; related to Middle High German sīfen, Swedish dialect sipa
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Word Origin and History for seep
v.

1790, variant of sipe (c.1500), possibly from Old English sipian "to seep," from Proto-Germanic *sip- (cf. Middle High German sifen, Dutch sijpelen "to ooze"), from PIE root *seib- "to pour out, drip, trickle" (see soap (n.)). Related: Seeped; seeping.

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