intr.v. seeped, seep·ing, seeps
1. To pass slowly through small openings or pores; ooze: Water is seeping into the basement.
2. To enter, depart, or become diffused gradually: The importance of the situation finally seeped into my brain. The news seeped out bit by bit.
A place on land or underwater where a liquid or gas oozes out of the ground.
[Alteration of dialectal sipe.]
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