verb (used without object)
- to pass, flow, or ooze gradually through a porous substance: Water seeps through cracks in the wall.
- (of ideas, methods, etc.) to enter or be introduced at a slow pace: The new ideas finally seeped down to the lower echelons.
- to become diffused; permeate: Fog seeped through the trees, obliterating everything.
verb (used with object)
- to cause to seep; filter: The vodka is seeped through charcoal to purify it.
- moisture that seeps out; seepage.
- a small spring, pool, or other place where liquid from the ground has oozed to the surface of the earth.
- (intr) to pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings; ooze
- a small spring or place where water, oil, etc, has oozed through the ground
- another word for seepage
v.1790, variant of sipe (c.1500), possibly from Old English sipian “to seep,” from Proto-Germanic *sip- (cf. Middle High German sifen, Dutch sijpelen “to ooze”), from PIE root *seib- “to pour out, drip, trickle” (see soap (n.)). Related: Seeped; seeping.