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seepage

[see-pij] /ˈsi pɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the act or process of seeping; leakage.
2.
something that seeps or leaks out.
3.
a quantity that has seeped out.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; seep + -age
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  • Disturbed migration paths and petro chemical seepage cause long term disease and sterility in animal populations.
  • The stored charge can vary in time due to contamination or seepage.
  • My guess is that seepage losses are larger than evaporation losses.
  • In a city acutely short of water, several parks use plastic to stop seepage.
  • The dilution might not even occur, and their is a high risk of problems with seepage.
  • Chevron said it had stopped the seepage within four days and had complied with the terms of its licence.
  • Life is a kind of open wound, and these poems are written in a vain, ongoing attempt to stem some seepage of life blood.
  • And it is full of oil eating critters who feed on the large natural seepage that occurs in the gulf and have done for eons.
  • The risks of silicone seepage are not fully known, however.
  • Its strategy is to get potholes filled quickly to minimize the water seepage that invites their recurrence.
British Dictionary definitions for seepage

seepage

/ˈsiːpɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the act or process of seeping
2.
liquid or moisture that has seeped
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Word Origin and History for seepage
n.

1825, from seep + -age.

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Encyclopedia Article for seepage

in soil engineering, movement of water in soils, often a critical problem in building foundations. Seepage depends on several factors, including permeability of the soil and the pressure gradient, essentially the combination of forces acting on water through gravity and other factors. Permeability can vary over a wide range, depending on soil structure and composition, making possible the safe design of such structures as earth dams and reservoirs with negligible leakage loss, and other structures such as roadbeds and filtration beds in which rapid drainage is desirable.

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