percolate through

percolate through something

[for a liquid] to seep down through something. The water percolated through the coffee grounds too slowly for Fred, who was just dying for a hot cup of the stuff. The water percolated through the subsoil and appeared again at the bottom of the hill.
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He leaned his head back and closed his eyes; and like a child, crying, that forgets its grief in watching the sunlight percolate through the tear-dimmed films over the pupils, so Martin forgot his sickness, the presence of Ruth, everything, in watching the masses of vegetation, shot through hotly with sunshine that took form and blazed against this background of his eyelids.
But salt deposits require water to percolate through rocks for millions of years, Christensen says.
The Tujunga Watershed Project will incorporate about 20 neighborhood sites, such as small parks and green spaces, and several major efforts, including one to expand the spreading grounds where ponds of rainwater percolate through sandy soil into the aquifer.
When the eyelid is closed, scintillating pin-pricks of light percolate through the lenses, creating magical luminous patterns and effects.
Clearly inspired by events in the Middle East, the works by Dominic McGill and Siemon Allen that make up the recent show "Pop Agenda" use a pop-cultural idiom to offer a glimpse of how political, economic, and social issues get transformed as they percolate through mass media and culture.
Asked about the economy and its impact on the 2002 congressional elections, Flannery said that "it must be strong by next spring for it to percolate through public discussion before election time.
But that depends upon continued economic strength as the effects of high fuel prices percolate through the system, adding a larger than usual level of unpredictability for the year.
The filters are lined with gravel, earth or grass, and they clean up the runoff by slowing flows and allowing sediment to collect or by allowing water to percolate through the bottom of a filter before it enters the stream course.
The most compelling aspect of the work by Yen's group is its simplicity, he says, adding that he'd like to know how far the superoxides could percolate through Mars' surface.
If ice is regarded as a random mix of brine pockets and ice particles of equal size, the simple percolation model says sea ice should be at least 25 percent brine before salty water can percolate through it.
Also along the way it picks up industrial waste and insecticides, which percolate through and again dissolve in the water.
Metropolitan also is backing the council's Water Augmentation Program in which water that once flowed to the ocean is instead allowed to percolate through cleansing aquifers and become a new local water source.
Then, she waits as the wastes percolate through the ground and into the sea.
Some interesting ideas percolate through the script, which is being given its first staging at the Ventura Court Theatre in Studio City.
The water will then be injected into the country's vast groundwater basin, where it will percolate through the ground into deep underground aquifers.