seep

verb
\ ˈsēp \
seeped; seeping; seeps

Definition of seep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to flow or pass slowly through fine pores or small openings : ooze water seeped in through a crack
2a : 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

seep

noun

Definition of seep (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a spot where a fluid (such as water, oil, or gas) contained in the ground oozes slowly to the surface and often forms a pool
b : a small spring
2 : seepage

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Other Words from seep

Noun

seepy \ ˈsē-​pē \ adjective

Examples of seep in a Sentence

Verb

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

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Once there, corneal fluid seeps into the space between the patch and base of the needles, dissolving the flat base of HA that holds the needles onto the patch. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Delivering drugs directly to the eye using microneedles that dissolve," 9 Nov. 2018 Water should slowly seep, not squirt, from the pores. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Install a Drip Irrigation System in Your Garden," 17 July 2018 Time changes, half the time with more daylight seeping in, sparking contentment and half-the time, slowly receding. Lynn Petrak, chicagotribune.com, "Petrak: Time change brings reflection on our lives, family and Tribune Tower," 15 Mar. 2018 These are quite a bit cooler than anything found in most homes; they are kept at minus 320 degrees Fahrenheit and store germplasm seeped in liquid nitrogen. Sena Christian, Newsweek, "Breakfast in Post-Apocalypse America: Inside Colorado's Fort Knox of Food," 19 Nov. 2015 The Kodak saw the least dirt seep in, if only because its monolithic frame had the fewest nooks and crannies. Seth Porges, Popular Mechanics, "Ruggedized Cameras Comparison Test," 21 Sep. 2010 Her first stateside award (a Golden Globe) was for another British import, The Night Manager, adapted from the novel by John le Carré—but Colman truly began to seep into the pop culture consciousness with her role in The Favourite. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Olivia Colman Is the Latest British Star to Make it Stateside," 3 Jan. 2019 Blood seeps under a door after a woman initially ignores pleas to open it. Kristin M. Jones, WSJ, "Where Truth Is Elusive and Chaos Is Near," 11 Dec. 2018 Turns out some drugs can allow blood to seep into your urine, including penicillin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers, and the anti-cancer medicine cyclophosphamide, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "10 Things That Can Cause Blood in Your Urine," 19 Sep. 2018

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The precious presence of water is a fickle one, requiring a micro-filtration device to eek out ounces rather than gallons from seeps and springs often frequented by wildlife. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "4 Reasons Why You Need To Hike the Sonoran Desert," 2 May 2018 Protections also were added for methane seeps, undersea areas where the gas leaking out of the ocean bottom helps sustain sea life. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Conservationists, West Coast bottom fishermen embrace ‘grand bargain’," 16 Apr. 2018 Duke also agrees to pay an $84,000 fine for leaking polluted water from the ponds into the Catawba and Broad rivers. Draining the ponds is expected to eliminate or reduce those leaks, which are called seeps. Bruce Henderson And Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "Want to help speed up coal ash cleanup near Charlotte? Here’s how.," 9 Jan. 2018 Okoronkwo let his frustration with football seep into his schoolwork. Bruce Feldman, SI.com, "The Unlikely Rise of Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma's Defensive MVP," 27 Dec. 2017 Detailing their results in the journal Environmental Health, researchers explain the chemical exposure came from the bitumen, which washes up to the Channel Islands from underwater seeps. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Drinking From Ancient Water Bottles Didn’t Hurt Indigenous People—Making Them Did," 29 June 2017 Detailing their results in the journal Environmental Health, researchers explain the chemical exposure came from the bitumen, which washes up to the Channel Islands from underwater seeps. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Drinking From Ancient Water Bottles Didn’t Hurt Indigenous People—Making Them Did," 29 June 2017 The Inupiat showed their visitors how wedges of tundra soaked with oil from seeps could be cut, hauled back to villages, and used as fuel. Tim Bradner, Alaska Dispatch News, "There’s rich history in Native corporation’s bid to become an oil company," 12 July 2017 Detailing their results in the journal Environmental Health, researchers explain the chemical exposure came from the bitumen, which washes up to the Channel Islands from underwater seeps. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Drinking From Ancient Water Bottles Didn’t Hurt Indigenous People—Making Them Did," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of seep

Verb

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for seep

Verb

alteration of earlier sipe, from Middle English sipen, from Old English sipian; akin to Middle Low German sipen to seep

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see oneself out

see out

see over

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seepage

seepweed

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seep

verb

English Language Learners Definition of seep

: to flow or pass slowly through small openings in something

seep

verb
\ ˈsēp \
seeped; seeping

Kids Definition of seep

: to flow slowly through small openings Water seeped into the basement.

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