from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To flow or leak out slowly, as through small openings.
- intransitive v. To disappear or ebb slowly: His courage oozed away.
- intransitive v. To progress slowly but steadily: "Over grass bleached colorless by strong outback sun, the herd oozes forward” ( Geraldine Brooks).
- intransitive v. To exude moisture.
- intransitive v. To emit a particular essence or quality: The house oozed with charm.
- transitive v. To give off; exude.
- transitive v. To emit or radiate in abundance: She oozes confidence.
- n. The act of oozing.
- n. Something that oozes.
- n. An infusion of vegetable matter, as from oak bark, used in tanning.
- n. Soft mud or slime.
- n. A layer of mudlike sediment on the floor of oceans and lakes, composed chiefly of remains of microscopic sea animals.
- n. Muddy ground.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Soft mud, slime, or shells on the bottom of a body of water.
- n. Piece of soft, wet, pliable turf.
- n. Potion of vegetable matter used for leather tanning.
- n. Secretion, humour.
- n. A thick often unpleasant liquid; muck.
- v. To secrete or slowly leak.
- v. To give off a sense of (something).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Soft mud or slime; earth so wet as to flow gently, or easily yield to pressure.
- n. Soft flow; spring.
- n. The liquor of a tan vat.
- n. A soft deposit covering large areas of the ocean bottom, composed largely or mainly of the shells or other hard parts of minute organisms, as Foraminifera, Radiolaria, and diatoms. The radiolarian ooze occurring in many places in very deep water is composed mainly of the siliceous skeletons of radiolarians, calcareous matter being dissolved by the lage percentage of carbon dioxide in the water at these depths.
- intransitive v. To flow gently; to percolate, as a liquid through the pores of a substance or through small openings.
- intransitive v. Fig.: To leak (out) or escape slowly
- transitive v. To cause to ooze.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Soft mud or slime; earth so wet as to flow gently or yield easily to pressure.
- n. Specifically Fine calcareous mud found covering extensive areas of the floor of the ocean. This deposit is largely made up of the remains of Foraminifera.
- n. A soft flow; a slow spring; that which oozes.
- n. In tanning, a solution of tannin obtained by infusing or boiling oak-bark, sumac, catechu, or other tannin-yielding vegetable; the liquor of a tan-vat.
- To flow as ooze; percolate, as a liquid, through the pores of a substance, or through small openings; flow in small quantities from the pores of a body: often used figuratively.
- To drip; be wet, as with water leaking through.
- To emit in the shape of moisture; drip.
- n. The short fibers on the surface of cotton thread, usually burned off in manufacture.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities
- v. pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings
- n. any thick, viscous matter
- n. the process of seeping
Middle English wosen, from wose, juice, from Old English wōs.
Middle English wose, from Old English wāse.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English wose, from Old English wāse 'mud, mire', from Proto-Germanic *waison (compare Dutch waas 'turf, sod', German Wasen, Old Norse veisa 'slime, stagnant pool'), from Proto-Indo-European *weis- 'to flow' (compare Sanskrit veşati 'it dissolves'). More at virus. (Wiktionary)