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  • n. The movement of a fluid through a porous or permeable solid.
  • n. The spreading of something (especially something malignant) through the body via blood vessels etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of permeating, passing through, or spreading throughout, the pores or interstices of any substance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of permeating, or the state of being permeated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the process of permeating or infusing something with a substance
  • n. mutual penetration; diffusion of each through the other


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  • Socialist, rejected the Marxian in favour of Jevonsian economics, and devoted itself to the social education of the public by means of lectures, pamphlets and books, and to the spread of Collectivist ideas by the "permeation" of public bodies and political parties.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • Podmore as Secretary for Oxford and G.W. Johnson for Cambridge, had begun the "permeation" of the Universities, which has always been an important part of the propaganda of the Society.

    The History of the Fabian Society

  • a kind of permeation that goes beyond anything verbal.

    Rachael Freed: Legacy: Honoring Our Mothers

  • members of the Fabian Society, an important British SOCIALIST society founded in 1883 which favored an evolutionary SOCIALIST "permeation" of CAPITALIST institutions and opposed the REVOLUTIONARY doctrine of MARX.

    Concise Dictionary of Religion

  • 'permeation' of general opinion by the ideas of these thinkers and investigators ....

    The History of the Fabian Society

  • The growth of large multilamellar fatty acid vesicles fed with fatty acid micelles, in a solution where solute permeation across the membranes is slow, results in the transformation of initially spherical vesicles into long thread-like vesicles, a process driven by the transient imbalance between surface area and volume growth.

    Better Bubbles

  • These include: an inherent Pakistani-Muslim tendency toward violence, reactionary 'Islamic fundamentalist' laws in this case, Pakistan's blasphemy law, and just the overall permeation of religious extremism throughout all corners of the country -- including even within the governor's own elite security guards.

    Junaid S. Ahmad: More To Pakistan Than Blasphemy Law

  • And there may be some small holes in her argument: Music went through centuries of widespread cultural permeation before it could birth rock.

    Kicking The Dog

  • Aside from its near complete permeation into our everyday lives, it's fast, it's cheap, it's highly measurable and, contrary to popular belief, it gives you more control over your messages than perhaps you've ever had.

    Paula Berg: Revolutionizing Corporate Communication: 6 Tips for Integrating Social Media and Inspiring Organizational Change

  • From German permeation in the early 1900s to the subsequent United States occupation for nearly 20 years thereafter, Haitians grew intolerant of white strangers filled with disdain for self-determination.

    Douglas Forbes: The Worst Kind of Suffering


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