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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.
See also: away, seep

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
References in periodicals archive ?
Roberts, "Petrographic and geochemical characterization of seep carbonate from Bush Hill (GC 185) gas vent and hydrate site of the Gulf of Mexico," Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol.
No habitat effects were found for any seep attribute (i.e., elevation, aspect, percent surface water, substrate type, down woody debris, or tree and shrub density) other than slope, suggesting these other variables have little effect on how pigs choose seeps.
Sentry was deployed from the WHOI-operated research vessel Atlantis to search for cold seeps. But "there's a lot of different flavors of cold seeps," Camilli said, depending on how the seeping chemicals are produced.
The Sorensen Index of Similarity (ISs) was used to determine the degree of vegetation similarity between the two seep communities studied (Mueller-Dombois and Ellenberg 1974).
Off-site mobile predators were caught with a surface deployed Z-frame trap, 150 x 180 x 90 cm, set approximately 2 km off the location of GC354 (27[degrees]35.22' N; 91[degrees]48.34' W), in an area known from prior surveys to lack active seep communities.
Other top indoor air threats include radon gas, which seeps into basements through foundation cracks, and carbon monoxide gas (from malfunctioning furnaces or auto exhaust).
Shortly after the pair of antelope left the seep I spotted three animals in the distance, probably three quarters of a mile away.
The accusation states that run-off seeps into the river from unlined ponds from the wine facilities during times of heavy rain.
Our cover story focuses on the estimated 30,000 Iraqi children who have trained to defend their homeland (seep. 4).
Changes in building technology when the leaking buildings were constructed in the late 1970s and the 1980s caused water to seep into the roof structures or walls.
Pappas says this is the practical lower limit for pentane, so Nova is developing VOC-Free technology that replaces pentane with water (seep. 51).
The main features of the valve, according to Pebco, are a simple, proven design that is widely used in waste water treatment; a sloped dewatering trough with a washout connection to avoid plugging of the drain port; and a seal arrangement that allows liquid to seep into the dewatering trough.
One conclusion: A tubeworm at a hydrocarbon seep takes between 170 and 250 years to grow 6.5 feet long.
The SCB endosymbiont was closely related (1.45% sequence divergence) to endosymbionts found in vestimentiferans that live in sedimented seep localities; its relationship to endosymbionts from vestimentiferans found in [TABULAR DATA FOR TABLE I OMITTED] deep-sea hydrothermal vent habitats was more distant (4.5%).
Both seep types suggest gas seepage, match closely with our mapped stacks and indicate that further anomalies may lie along the entire thrust front.