Definition of seep in English:

seep

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • (of a liquid) flow or leak slowly through porous material or small holes:

    ‘water began to seep through the soles of his boots’
    • ‘He couldn't even sense the cold and wetness seeping through his clothes.’
    • ‘There was a large area of pinkish wet seeping through the bandage.’
    • ‘The water seeped into the main bar area, covering about a 10 metre square space.’
    • ‘Water is said to be seeping into the basement and the foundation may well be threatened.’
    • ‘He later realised liquid was seeping from her mouth, and called an ambulance at about 3pm.’
    • ‘Blood had seeped through the makeshift bandage, soaking it through.’
    • ‘Oil has seeped into the water table, and air pollution is a serious problem.’
    • ‘As the mist seeped back into the ground, the rest of the house slowly returned to normal.’
    • ‘He knew he was bleeding by the wetness seeping down his leg, but he lacked the will to check out his injury.’
    • ‘When you remove the ring after completing the layering you'll have a pretty pool of green oil seeping out from the edge.’
    • ‘Water was seeping through the crack in the windshield.’
    • ‘Water seeping into exposed pores allows for frost action.’
    • ‘Her television and video exploded last week as water seeped into the house.’
    • ‘Lee got irritated as she saw blood seeping out of a gash on her hand.’
    • ‘Water seeped from ruptured pipes and corrugated iron dangled from the roofs of the damaged shops.’
    • ‘Water seeped into deep holes he dug, enough to quench thirst for another few days.’
    • ‘A popular tourist attraction at Mistley has been damaged by water seeping into the walls.’
    • ‘Water seeped into her knee-high boots, and completely soaked her socks.’
    • ‘Blood was slowly seeping out of his body.’
    • ‘I have lived in rented accommodation where we welcomed the rain seeping through the ceiling because it discouraged the rats.’
    ooze, trickle, exude, drip, dribble, flow, issue, discharge, excrete, escape, leak, drain, bleed, sweat, well, leach, filter, percolate, permeate, soak
    extravasate
    filtrate, transude, exudate
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noun

North American
  • A place where petroleum or water oozes slowly out of the ground.

    • ‘The wetlands, its seeps and its marshes are jealousy maintained and protected from all disturbance.’
    • ‘Underwater seeps in the Santa Barbara Channel and Santa Monica Bay have deposited tar over area beaches.’
    • ‘So far the oil from the birds has matched, but that oil has not matched any known natural seeps or other reported incidents.’
    • ‘The stable isotope composition of the first and second stages of the worm tube carbonates is similar to that of carbonates from modern petroleum seeps.’
    • ‘They breed in alpine areas, near seeps, streams, lakes, or wet meadows.’
    • ‘A lone cottonwood on the plains might mark a hillside seep or a spot where the water table was within digging distance.’
    • ‘Subterranean species are difficult to monitor since they appear seasonally and sporadically in seeps and springs or may not appear even during high water flows.’
    • ‘Crystal Bench is a wet meadow below a series of small seeps feeding an intermittent stream that is usually dry by August.’
    • ‘On the continents seeps create brine pools, mud volcanoes and other local features.’
    • ‘In seeps where the water supply is low, burros can consume the entire amounts.’
    • ‘Some creeks or river reaches are fed by springs or groundwater seeps.’
    • ‘There was evidence of intermittent spring seeps and seasonal streams nearby.’
    • ‘Indeed, nearly all oil in seawater traces to natural seeps or to human activities creating diffuse releases.’
    • ‘As you drive west toward the coast, seeps and springs in the ravines form small braided waterfalls, full of their own monsoon song.’
    • ‘The valley's boggy areas, seeps, and ponderosa-pine forests are home to more than 500 kinds of plants.’
    • ‘Natural hydrocarbon seeps are another local pollution hazard.’

Origin

Late 18th century: perhaps a dialect form of Old English sīpian ‘to soak’.

Pronunciation:

seep

/siːp/