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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.
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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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Final selection of sample areas was based on a variety of factors, including known location of seeps, access via trails or roads, and probability of encountering seeps based on topographic features such as slope and presence of streams.
Jaco Scar's animals range from those that inhabit hot vents or cold seeps, to species that exist in both settings.
It also adjusted its mass spectrometer to measure different selected chemicals and get more detailed chemical clues as to what types of life forms were present at the cold seep.
SUIT is now able to visualize and see the physical size of all the seeps on their lands, combined with the varying concentration levels of those seeps.
The present study was undertaken to determine the composition and structure of the vegetation of this series of seeps at White Oak Creek Natural Area in Mason County, and compare the result to those observed by Gates (1912).
A new genus and five species of mussels (Bivalvia, Mytilidae) from deep-sea sulfide hydrocarbon seeps in the Gulf of Mexico.
The most abundant ones are forms of calcium carbonate deposited when mineral-rich waters seep into an open space underground.
Humidity also causes formaldehyde gas to seep out of pressed-wood furniture, O'Connell says.
A group called Northern California River Watch has filed suit against Beringer Blass for allowing industrial run-off to seep into the Russian River in violation of the U.
On unpaved land, rainwater seeps through plants and soil to replenish groundwater.
Foster says SEEPS is a cost-effective impact modifier for PPO (GE's Noryl) and syndiotactic polystyrene (Dow's Questra SPS).
innards and the city itself seep out' to reveal the anthropomorphized 'object-like qualities' of a human body.
The small amount of water that seeps past the seals is directed into a collection trough at the end of the valve.
That's the recent finding of Penn State University researchers who study tubeworms nourished by hydrocarbons that leak from the Earth's crust at cold-water openings called seeps.