Variant of sipe, from Middle English *sipen, from Old English sipian, from Proto-Germanic *sipōną, derivative of *sīpaną (compare Middle Dutch sīpen (“to drip”), German Low German siepern (“to seep”), archaic German seifen (“to trickle blood”)), from Proto-Indo-European *seyb-, *sib- (“to pour out, drip, trickle”) (compare Latin sēbum (“suet, tallow”), Ancient Greek εἴβω (eíbō, “to drop, drip”). See soap.
- (intransitive) To ooze or pass slowly through pores or other small openings, and in overly small quantities; said of liquids, etc.
- Water has seeped through the roof.
- The water steadily seeped in through the thirl.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To enter or penetrate slowly; to spread or diffuse.
- Woe seeped through her heart thinking of what had befallen their ethnic group.
- Fear began to seep into the local community over the contamination of their fishpond.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To diminish or wane away slowly.
- The resistance movement against the invaders had slowly seeped away.
- (transitive) (of a crack etc.) To allow a liquid to pass through, to leak.
- The crack is seeping water.
seep (plural seeps)
- A small spring, pool, or other spot where liquid from the ground (e.g. water, petroleum or tar) has oozed to the surface; a place of seeping.
- Moisture, liquid, gas, etc. that seeps out; a seepage.
- The seeping away of a liquid, etc.
- A seafloor vent.
- 2012, Caspar Henderson, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, page 356:
- Another idea was that filamentous bacteria covering the hairs [of the Yeti crab] would either neutralize gases emitted from the vent or serve the crab directly as a food source. And this last idea received support when a second species of Yeti crab was discovered on cold seeps on the deep-sea floor near Costa Rica.
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seep (plural sepe)
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