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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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2a and b, we define 1 - [gamma] the volume fraction of the percolating phase and [gamma][empty set] the volume fraction of the dispersed phase.
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Sunlight percolating down the lengths of the tubes gives the ends a seductive orange glow.
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The opening tableau vivant places him behind an eerie translucent scrim of black Washi paper, subtly percolating. Another time, he sits in the audience for an uneasy nap while onstage events unfold, like the White King's dream.
Four areas--religion, Americanization, race and feminism--are seen to reflect both the conservative tenor of these Progressive-era settlements and the reform impulses which the author still finds percolating through.
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While much of the credit (as usual) is due another--in this case, producer Trevor Horn--McLaren mixed then-nascent East Coast hip-hop, radio-DJ prattle, scratching, Zulu, Brazilian and Caribbean music with layers of classical strings, percolating New Wave synthesizer, the double-Dutch rhymes of Harlem schoolgirls, and Appalachian hillbilly songs.