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Permeate definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PER'MEATE, v.t. [L.permeo; per and meo, to glide, flow, or pass.]
To pass through the pores or interstices of a body; to penetrate and pass through a substance without rupture or displacement of its parts; applied particularly to fluids which pass through substances of loose texture; as, water permeates sand or a filtering stone; light permeates glass.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: spread or diffuse through; "An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration"; "music penetrated the entire building"; "His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks" [syn: permeate, pervade, penetrate, interpenetrate, diffuse, imbue, riddle]
2: pass through; "Water permeates sand easily" [syn: percolate, sink in, permeate, filter]
3: penetrate mutually or be interlocked; "The territories of two married people interpenetrate a lot" [syn: interpenetrate, permeate]

Merriam Webster's

verb (-ated; -ating) Etymology: Latin permeatus, past participle of permeare, from per- through + meare to go, pass; akin to Middle Welsh mynet to go, Czech míjet to pass Date: 1656 intransitive verb to diffuse through or penetrate something transitive verb 1. to spread or diffuse through <a room permeated with tobacco smoke> 2. to pass through the pores or interstices of • permeative adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. 1 tr. penetrate throughout; pervade; saturate. 2 intr. (usu. foll. by through, among, etc.) diffuse itself. Derivatives: permeance n. permeant adj. permeation n. permeator n. Etymology: L permeare permeat- (as PER-, meare pass, go)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Permeate Per"me*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Permeated; p. pr. & vb. n. Permeating.] [L. permeatus, p. p. of permeare to permeate; per + meare to go, pass.] 1. To pass through the pores or interstices of; to penetrate and pass through without causing rupture or displacement; -- applied especially to fluids which pass through substances of loose texture; as, water permeates sand. --Woodward. 2. To enter and spread through; to pervade. God was conceived to be diffused throughout the whole world, to permeate and pervade all things. --Cudworth.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(permeates, permeating, permeated) 1. If an idea, feeling, or attitude permeates a system or permeates society, it affects every part of it or is present throughout it. Bias against women permeates every level of the judicial system... An obvious change of attitude at the top will permeate through the system. VERB: V n, V through n 2. If something permeates a place, it spreads throughout it. The smell of roast beef permeated the air... Eventually, the water will permeate through the surrounding concrete. VERB: V n, V through n

Moby Thesaurus

bathe, bespread, besprinkle, breathe, brew, charge, color, crawl with, creep with, decoct, diffuse, douche, dredge, drench, drouk, dye, enter, entincture, extend throughout, fill, flavor, flush, honeycomb, imbrue, imbue, impregnate, infiltrate, infuse, ingrain, inject, instill, interfuse, interpenetrate, invade, lave, leach, leave no void, leaven, lixiviate, macerate, occupy, overrun, overspread, overswarm, penetrate, percolate, pervade, rinse, run through, saturate, season, seethe, soak, sodden, sop, souse, steep, suffuse, swarm with, teem with, temper, tincture, tinge, transfuse, wash, waterlog


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