verb[no object, with adverbial of direction]
- (Of a liquid) flow or leak slowly through porous material or small holes: water began to seep through the soles of his bootsMore 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.More 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'.