percolate through

percolate through (something)

To pass through something that is not entirely solid, such as a mesh or porous material. The wind ripped the shingles off the roof, allowing the rain to percolate through it.
See also: 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.
See also: percolate, through
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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.
Then, she waits as the wastes percolate through the ground and into the sea.