- to pass into or through every part of: Bright sunshine permeated the room.
- to penetrate through the pores, interstices, etc., of.
- to be diffused through; pervade; saturate: Cynicism permeated his report.
- to become diffused; penetrate.
Origin of permeate
Related Wordstravel, shipment, transport, passage, concentration, traverse, shift, conveyance, alteration, motion, carriage, penetration, transfer, crossing, osmosis, movement, portage, permeation, transference, carrying
Examples from the Web for permeation
And prayer is the communion by which this permeation becomes possible.The Whence and the Whither of Man
John Mason Tyler
Being the most subtile, He must permeate all—for the greater the subtlety, the greater the quality of permeation.Letters from a Sf Teacher
Shaikh Sharfuddn Maner
From the first they committed themselves to the policy of "permeation," instead of aggressive propaganda.Socialism and Democracy in Europe
Samuel P. Orth
Even without the latter support the cultivating civilization of China has enormous powers of permeation and extension.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind
Herbert George Wells
But even in regions where European control is still nominal, the permeation of Westernism has gone on apace.The New World of Islam
- to penetrate or pervade (a substance, area, etc)a lovely smell permeated the room
- to pass through or cause to pass through by osmosis or diffusionto permeate a membrane
Word Origin and History for permeation
1620s, noun of action from Latin permeare (see permeate).
1650s, from Latin permeatus, past participle of permeare "to pass through" (see permeable). Related: Permeated; permeating.
- The process of spreading through or penetrating, as in the extension of a malignant neoplasm by continuous proliferation of the cells along the blood or lymph vessels.
- To spread or flow throughout; pervade.
- To pass through the openings or interstices of, as a liquid through a membrane.
- One that can permeate.