seep

[seep]
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:
1780–90; perhaps variant of dial. sipe, itself perhaps continuing Old English sīpian (cognate with Middle Low German sīpen)

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seep (siːp)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings; ooze
 
n
2.  a small spring or place where water, oil, etc, has oozed through the ground
3.  another word for seepage
 
[Old English sīpian; related to Middle High German sīfen, Swedish dialect sipa]

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seep
1790, variant of sipe (1503), possibly from O.E. sipian "to seep," from P.Gmc. *sip- (cf. M.H.G. sifen, Du. sijpelen "to ooze").
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Example sentences
The sun was down and a chill seeped down the hill as day visitors hurried to
  their cars.
Pale light seeped in from a sun rising somewhere out of sight.
But the wax seeped through the canvas, and the excess had to be removed from
  the painting's surface, leaving waxy residues.
What struck me reading the essay is the larger concept of peer review and how
  it has seeped into the web experience.
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