Seep Seep, or Sipe Sipe, v. i. [AS. s[=i]pan to distill.] To run or soak through fine pores and interstices; to ooze. [Scot. & U. S.] [1913 Webster]

Water seeps up through the sidewalks. --G. W. Cable. [1913 Webster]

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  • seep — [ sip ] verb intransitive 1. ) to flow into or out of something through small holes, usually when this should not happen: seep through: The rain had seeped through his clothes. seep into: Poisonous chemicals from the factory are seeping into our… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • seep — [si:p] v [I always + adverb/preposition] [: Old English; Origin: sipian] 1.) to flow slowly through small holes or spaces seep into/through/down etc ▪ Blood seeped down his leg. 2.) to move or spread gradually seep away/into/through etc ▪ His… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • seep — /seep/, v.i. 1. to pass, flow, or ooze gradually through a porous substance: Water seeps through cracks in the wall. 2. (of ideas, methods, etc.) to enter or be introduced at a slow pace: The new ideas finally seeped down to the lower echelons. 3 …   Universalium

  • seep — (v.) 1790, variant of sipe (c.1500), possibly from O.E. sipian to seep, from P.Gmc. *sip (Cf. M.H.G. sifen, Du. sijpelen to ooze ). Related: Seeped; seeping …   Etymology dictionary

  • seep — seep·age; seep; …   English syllables

  • seep — index exude, outflow, permeate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • seep — [v] leak bleed, drain, drip, exude, flow, ooze, percolate, permeate, soak, sweat, transude, trickle, weep, well; concepts 146,179 Ant. pour …   New thesaurus

  • seep — ► VERB ▪ (of a liquid) flow or leak slowly through porous material or small holes. DERIVATIVES seepage noun. ORIGIN perhaps a dialect form of an Old English word meaning «to soak» …   English terms dictionary

  • seep — [sēp] vi. [ME * sipen < OE sipian, to soak, akin to MLowG sīpen, to drip < IE base * seib , to run out, drip > SOAP] to leak, drip, or flow out slowly through small openings or pores; ooze n. 1. a place where water, oil, etc. oozes from… …   English World dictionary

  • seep — UK [siːp] / US [sɪp] verb [intransitive] Word forms seep : present tense I/you/we/they seep he/she/it seeps present participle seeping past tense seeped past participle seeped 1) to flow into or out of something through small holes, usually when… …   English dictionary

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