intransitive verb \ˈsēp\

: to flow or pass slowly through small openings in something

Full Definition of SEEP

:  to flow or pass slowly through fine pores or small openings :  ooze <water seeped in through a crack>
a :  to enter or penetrate slowly <fear of nuclear war had seeped into the national consciousness — Tip O'Neill>
b :  to become diffused or spread <a sadness seeped through his being — Agnes S. Turnbull>

Examples of SEEP

  1. Blood was seeping through the bandage.
  2. The chemicals seeped into the ground.

Origin of SEEP

alteration of earlier sipe, from Middle English sipen, from Old English sipian; akin to Middle Low German sipen to seep
First Known Use: 1790



Definition of SEEP

a :  a spot where a fluid (as water, oil, or gas) contained in the ground oozes slowly to the surface and often forms a pool
b :  a small spring
:  seepage
seepy \ˈsē-pē\ adjective

First Known Use of SEEP



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