seep·​age | \ ˈsē-pij How to pronounce seepage (audio) \

Definition of seepage

1 : the process of seeping : oozing
2 : a quantity of fluid that has seeped (as through porous material)

Examples of seepage in a Sentence

Check for seepage in the basement.

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No coastal environmental damage has been reported from the ongoing seepage, unlike the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, an outside scientist said. Washington Post, "Hidden oil spill: New study contradicts owner’s claims," 24 June 2019 Bloomberg Muddying the waters Continuing its rollback of Obama-era environmental policies, the White House last week repealed a 2015 clean water act, which curtailed the seepage of chemicals into U.S. water supplies. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Is The Tech Sector Going On Climate Strike? — The Loop," 17 Sep. 2019 Nearly a dozen counties have opened sandbag stations where residents can get free sandbags that may prevent water seepage for people living in low lying areas. NBC News, "Florida gets ready for potential category 4 hurricane as Dorian rages closer," 29 Aug. 2019 New seepage occurred on June 8 and continued to flow intermittently for a span of five days. Piper Mcdaniel, Los Angeles Times, "After 800,000-gallon spill, Chevron site is still leaking oil," 18 July 2019 Chevron initially said the seepage stopped several hours after it was discovered on May 10. Los Angeles Times, "California’s biggest oil spill in decades brings more defiance than anger from locals," 28 July 2019 The Swiss researchers, citing river networks in Florida, said seepage from the ground, another theory that has been advanced for the source of the water, creates networks with wider angles than those created by stormwater runoff. Martin Finucane,, "New research bolsters theories that it rained on Mars," 29 June 2018 The district is also considering extending a 6-mile underground seepage barrier wall installed by rock miners to prevent leaking from rock pits another 15 miles. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Could raising a 90-year-old road fix South Florida's water problems?," 18 June 2018 The dump trucks that have been rumbling down Bellaire Drive in New Orleans' Lakeview neighborhood as crews address seepage coming from the 17th Street Canal should end their work on Saturday, according to a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers. Sara Sneath,, "Frogs that burn your skin and are invading Audubon: this week's coastal news," 28 Apr. 2018

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circa 1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of seepage

formal : an occurrence in which a liquid or gas flows or passes slowly through small openings

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