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

Synonyms for seep

Synonyms: Verb

bleed, exude, ooze, percolate, strain, sweat, weep

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Examples of seep in a Sentence

Verb

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

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In recent years, the sargassum has had more than its fair share of nitrogen, thriving on the fertilizer, livestock manure, human waste and sewage that seeps into the Gulf from the Mississippi River. Jacob Sweet, miamiherald, "Lots of sun, and brown slimy seaweed, in the forecast for South Florida beaches," 3 July 2018 At one site, two large tanks were surrounded by a large black lake of crude oil that had seeped out. New York Times, "Workers Flee and Thieves Loot Venezuela’s Reeling Oil Giant," 14 June 2018 He was trapped in the hole blocked by the heavy machinery and dirt that seeped into the pit. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "GoFundMe for man killed in drill-rig collapse: 'A daughter’s first love, a son’s first hero'," 26 May 2018 In other places, red intrusions of what are now called lava dikes (molten magma that seeped through fissures in the sandstone and then hardened) march down the hillsides in perfectly straight lines. USA TODAY, "Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan warn: Beautiful, unspoiled landscapes are disappearing," 25 May 2018 Drainage pipes installed at the bottom of the trench to collect water that seeps from above can carry it to a part of your yard away from your home or into a drainage pit. Kevin Brasler, Philly.com, "Solve a wet basement by fixing the problem, not managing it," 1 May 2018 Geysers are the result of magma heating water that has seeped into the ground, triggering an eruption of liquid through vents in the earth surface for as long as dozens of minutes, followed by billowing steam that may last days. Alex Horton, chicagotribune.com, "A Yellowstone geyser has experienced unusual eruptions lately, and scientists can't explain why," 29 Apr. 2018 Geysers are the result of magma heating water that has seeped into the ground, triggering an eruption of liquid through vents in the earth surface for as long as dozens of minutes, followed by billowing steam that may last days. Alex Horton, Anchorage Daily News, "A Yellowstone geyser has experienced unusual eruptions lately, and scientists can’t explain why," 29 Apr. 2018 Geysers are the result of magma heating water that has seeped into the ground, triggering an eruption of liquid through vents in the earth surface for as long as dozens of minutes, followed by billowing steam that may last days. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "A Yellowstone geyser has experienced unusual eruptions lately — and scientists can’t explain why," 29 Apr. 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

seer

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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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