Definition of seep in English:

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seep

Pronunciation: /siːp/

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 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.
Synonyms
ooze, trickle, exude, drip, dribble, flow, issue, discharge, excrete, escape, leak, drain, bleed, sweat, well, leach, filter, percolate, permeate, soak;
Medicine  extravasate
rare filtrate, transude, exudate

noun

North American
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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with seep

asleep, beep, bleep, cheap, cheep, creep, deep, heap, Jeep, keep, leap, neap, neep, peep, reap, sheep, skin-deep, sleep, steep, Streep, sweep, veep, weep

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