osmosis

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From Ancient Greek ὠσμός (ōsmós, push).

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osmosis (countable and uncountable, plural osmoses)

  1. The net movement of solvent molecules, usually water, from a region of lower solute concentration to a region of higher solute concentration through a partially permeable membrane.
  2. Picking up knowledge accidentally, without actually seeking that particular knowledge.
    I was reading about chickens, and I guess I learned about hawks through osmosis.
    • 1999, Neil Gaiman, Stardust, pages 36-37 (2001 Perennial paperback edition)
      At age fourteen, by a process of osmosis, of dirty jokes, whispered secrets and filthy ballads, Tristram learned of sex.

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