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seep away

1. Literally, of a gas or liquid, to flow out and escape from (something) gradually but steadily, as through a leak, crack, puncture, etc. There must have be a leak in the oil tank of the car, because it keeps seeping away onto the driveway. Make sure you close the valve tight on that jar—we don't want any of the gas to seep away.
2. By extension, to dwindle or disappear gradually but steadily. The goodwill he had earned with his employers began seeping away after he started showing up to work late. Once the undisputed kings of Hollywood, the movie studios good fortunes began to seep away after a series of poor business decisions.
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seep in(to something)

To flow or leak in(to something) gradually but steadily. I realized there was a fire downstairs when I noticed smoke seeping into our bedroom. I made sure to make the container airtight so no moisture seeps in.
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seep out

1. Of a liquid, gel, paste, etc., to leak or flow out of some crack, breach, or flaw in something. I realized there was a fire downstairs when I noticed smoke seeping into our bedroom. I made sure to make the container airtight so no moisture seeps in.
2. To become known to those from whom (something) was supposed to remain secret or classified. The senator always held himself up as a beacon of moral standards, but as rumors and details of his infidelities and substances abuses seeped out, he eventually became a pariah among his constituents. News of the merger seeped out months before the two companies made a formal announcement about it.
See also: out, seep

seep through (something)

To soak or permeate completely through something, reaching or escaping through the other side. There must be a leak in one of the pipes, because water has started seeping through the walls. The coffee I spilled in my bag seeped through every single one of my books.
See also: seep, through

seep away

[for a fluid] to escape little by little, as through a leak. All the oil seeped away, leaving none in the engine. The water seeped away after a while.
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seep in (to something)

[for a fluid] to trickle or leak out of something. Water is seeping into the basement. Water is seeping in very slowly.
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seep out (of something)

[for a fluid] to trickle or leak out of something. A lot of oil has seeped out of the car onto the driveway. There is oil seeping out. There must be a leak.
See also: out, seep

seep through something

[for a fluid] to permeate something and escape. The oil seeped through the gasket onto the ground. Some water seeped through the ceiling, ruining our carpet as well as the ceiling.
See also: seep, through

seep out

v.
1. To escape or pass slowly through small openings or pores: I think that gas is seeping out through a crack in the tank.
2. To become known to the public through a breach of secrecy: The details they refused to talk about will eventually seep out to the press.
See also: out, seep
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Collaborating with the USGS Gas Hydrates Project and GEOMAR on the important issue of sea-air flux of greenhouse gases above seafloor methane seeps has been rewarding for all of the researchers involved.
Once again, biomarkers revealed by GCxGC showed that the oil in the sediments matched the oil floating on the sea surface, the oil leaking out of the seeps, and the oil extracted from the subseafloor reservoir.
Because vagrant species are expected to have a diet combining seep and photosynthetic production, analyses included assessment of food source mixing.
and colleagues were surprised to find a hybrid site in an area where only cold seeps had been reported.
SEEP III was developed jointly by the AfDB and the Government of Rwanda, in close consultation with the private sector and other key development partners (Germany, Sweden, USA, European Commission, Netherlands, UK, and the World Bank).
Washington, May 14 (ANI): A new study has shown that the amount of oil residue in seafloor sediments that result from natural petroleum seeps off Santa Barbara, California, is the equivalent of approximately 8-80 Exxon Valdez oil spills.
Sometimes gas simply seeps from the ocean floor and sustains communities of unusual tubeworms, mussels, and other creatures like those found at hydrothermal vents.
Critics of the project say the 18-hole championship golf course is just 25 feet above the water table and close to the Hansen Dam spreading grounds, and they fear that the treated wastewater will seep into the groundwater.
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It comprises over 1,300 new geochemical, biostratigraphic and sedimentological analyses of over 800 individual outcrop, well, corehole and seep samples collected from Jamaica.
Researchers in biological and Earth sciences summarize the wide range of vent and seep environments and the inhabitants who thrive in the high pressure, high temperature, and often high toxicity of those environments.
It could get pulled into the seep and plug it, and might generally plug the bottom.
Two types are currently recognized and differentiated by the presence of Sphagnum: High Elevation Boggy Seep, which includes Sphagnum and generally occurs in Spruce (Picea) - Fir (Abies) Forests; and Rich Montane Seep, which lacks Sphagnum and generally occurs in Northern Hardwood Forests (Schafale, 2012; NatureServe, 2013).
5) used Seep 3D to predication of seepage after construction of a completely penetrated wall in the left and right abutment and impervious blankets showed decline in seepage by 20% and 60% in right and left abutment, respectively.