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per·me·ate

 (pûr′mē-āt′)
v. per·me·at·ed, per·me·at·ing, per·me·ates
v.tr.
1. To pass through the openings or interstices of: liquid permeating a membrane.
2. To spread or flow throughout; pervade: "Our thinking is permeated by our historical myths" (Freeman J. Dyson). See Synonyms at imbue.
v.intr.
To spread through or penetrate something.

[Latin permeāre, permeāt-, to penetrate : per-, through; see per- + meāre, to pass; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

per′me·ant (-ənt), per′me·a′tive (-ā′tĭv) adj.
per′me·a′tion n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.permeating - spreading or spread throughout; "armed with permeative irony...he punctures affectations"; "the pervasive odor of garlic"; "an error is pervasive if it is material to more than one conclusion"
distributive - serving to distribute or allot or disperse
References in classic literature ?
Through all the apparitions that preceded you and that compose the parts of you, you rose gibbering from the evolutionary mire, and gibbering you will pass on, interfusing, permeating the procession of apparitions that will succeed you."
Through counter currents of the heavy stench of meat eaters he traced the trail of Bara; the sweet and cloying stink of Horta, the boar, could not drown his quarry's scent--the permeating, mellow musk of the deer's foot.
In order to satisfy the demand for seepage tests on fractured rock accompanying with mass migration and loss, kinds of factors are taken together, and the functional requirements of the experimental system are summarized, including axial loading and displacement controlling, long-term permeating, sealing, pressure controlling, water-flow direction controlling, data collecting, filtrating and dehydrating, cooling, permeation modes switching, opening, and loss particle collecting.