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seep Syllabification: seep

Definition of seep in English:


[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
More example sentences
  • Water seeped into deep holes he dug, enough to quench thirst for another few days.
  • Oil has seeped into the water table, and air pollution is a serious problem.
  • When you remove the ring after completing the layering you'll have a pretty pool of green oil seeping out from the edge.


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A place where petroleum or water oozes slowly out of the ground.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Some creeks or river reaches are fed by springs or groundwater seeps.
  • They breed in alpine areas, near seeps, streams, lakes, or wet meadows.


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

Words that rhyme with seep

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