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Word of the Day
Tuesday, August 07, 2001

Definitions for permeate

  1. To spread or diffuse through.
  2. To pass through the pores or openings of.
  3. To spread through or penetrate something.

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Citations for permeate
A darkly sweet aroma permeated the air; white orchid blossoms erupted from snakelike vines. Chu Tien-Wen, Notes of a Desolate Man
Passers-by could see into buildings through display windows, while the warm glow and sweet smells emanating from the shops and cafes permeated the partly enclosed pedestrian ways. Larry R. Ford, The Spaces Between Buildings
Origin of permeate
1650-1660
Permeate is from Latin permeare, "to go through, to pass through," from per-, "through" + meare, "to go, to pass."