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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.
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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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Light percolates through the timber exoskeleton that shades the angled glass membrane on the west side of the atrium, casting a shimmering pattern of striated shadows around the tall nave-like space.
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Although the study makes "a very valuable contribution," says Peter Ravenscroft of Cambridge, England, he's not convinced that arsenic enters aquifers only when surface water percolates rapidly downward.
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Reddish spots and shallow pits that pepper the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa may mark regions where warmer and less dense ice, possibly from an ocean buffed deep beneath the moon's frigid surface, percolates to the surface.
These capture small chasms of light which cast changing reflections and pockets of intense luminosity through the spaces inside, echoing the way in which light percolates brilliantly through the thick walls of Spanish churches.
Sea water percolates up through the ice to flood the surface and form the boils observed by Golden.
At night, light percolates out through the slatted sides and bridge deck, emphasizing a sense of movement.
The seafloor has such an extreme incline because groundwater percolates down to the base of the continental slope and erodes the rock there, causing collapse at the bottom.