Definition of seep
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'Neillb : to become diffused or spread a sadness seeped through his being — Agnes S. Turnbull
Examples of seep in a Sentence
Blood was seeping through the bandage.
The chemicals seeped into the ground.
Origin and Etymology 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: 1790See Words from the same year
Recent Examples of seep from the Web
Even still, microscopic bits of air seep in through the cork and help the wine evolve.
Today, smaller seeps (vertical lines) still bubble up around the craters.
The seep lies in the eastern foothills of the Kittatinny Mountain Range in Sussex County.
Walk along the beaches of this Southern California city and chances are, tar will stick to your feet from the natural seeps.
Recent expeditions to the canyons have identified several new methane cold seeps on the seafloor—rare habitat for chemosynthetic species that survive in darkness and harness chemical energy from the methane.
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First Known Use of seep
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Definition of seep for English Language Learners
: to flow or pass slowly through small openings in something
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Definition of seep for Students
: to flow slowly through small openings Water seeped into the basement.
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