per·me·ate /ˈpɝmɪˌet/ 動詞
Per·me·ate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Permeated p. pr. & vb. n. Permeating.]
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.
2. To enter and spread through; to pervade; as, after the first setback, the team became permeated with pessimism.
God was conceived to be diffused throughout the whole world, to permeate and pervade all things. --Cudworth.
v 1: spread or diffuse through; "An atmosphere of distrust has
permeated this administration"; "music penetrated the
entire building" [syn: pervade, penetrate, interpenetrate,
2: pass through; "Water permeates sand easily" [syn: percolate,
sink in, filter]
3: penetrate mutually or be interlocked; "The territories of
two married people interpenetrate a lot" [syn: interpenetrate]