ooze

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ooze release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities "exude sweat through the pores"
    • v ooze pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings
    • n ooze the process of seeping
    • n ooze any thick, viscous matter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ooze (Oceanography) 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.
    • Ooze Fig.: To leak (out) or escape slowly; as, the secret oozed out; his courage oozed out.
    • Ooze Soft flow; spring.
    • Ooze Soft mud or slime; earth so wet as to flow gently, or easily yield to pressure. "My son i' the ooze is bedded."
    • Ooze The liquor of a tan vat.
    • v. t Ooze To cause to ooze.
    • Ooze To flow gently; to percolate, as a liquid through the pores of a substance or through small openings. "The latent rill, scare oozing through the grass."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ooze Soft mud or slime; earth so wet as to flow gently or yield easily to pressure.
    • n ooze 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 ooze A soft flow; a slow spring; that which oozes.
    • n ooze 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.
    • ooze 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.
    • ooze To drip; be wet, as with water leaking through.
    • ooze To emit in the shape of moisture; drip.
    • n ooze The short fibers on the surface of cotton thread, usually burned off in manufacture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ooze ōōz soft mud: gentle flow, as of water through sand or earth: a kind of mud in the bottom of the ocean: the liquor of a tan vat
    • v.i Ooze to flow gently: to percolate, as a liquid through pores or small openings
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Quotations

  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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    “My valor is certainly going, it is sneaking off! I feel it oozing out as it were, at the palms of my hands!”
  • Vladimir Nabokov
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    “A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wose, AS. wase, dirt, mire, mud, akin to ws, juice, ooze, Icel. vās, wetness, OHG. waso, turf, sod, G. wasen,

Usage

In literature:

Watching the bar grow crooked, I saw a little blood ooze from under his finger-nails.
"Gaspar Ruiz" by Joseph Conrad
Then a red thread oozed from between her lips, and at last she spat up blood by the throatful.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
He met her eyes squarely for an instant, and the horror oozed from her and left only amused chagrin that they should try to trick her so.
"Chip, of the Flying U" by B. M. Bower
There wuz a small hole in it, so they say, and the feather oozed out.
"Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7." by Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
There wuz a small hole in it, so they say, and the feather oozed out.
"Samantha Among the Brethren, Complete" by Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
He was soaking wet, the water oozing from his shoes and slopping the oilcloth in the hall where he stood.
"The Underdog" by F. Hopkinson Smith
Oozed from the bracken's desolate track, By dark rains havocked and drenched black.
"Georgian Poetry 1920-22" by Various
Will pointed to a half barrel sunk level in the ooze.
"The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage" by Charles G. D. Roberts
As we oozed along the overgrown trail, dripping still with last night's rain, drops would alight upon our necks and trickle down our backs.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, Number 59, September, 1862" by Various
Found oozing out of rock in the water-shed of the Murchison.
"Explorations in Australia" by John Forrest
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In poetry:

I must pass that door to go to bed,
Or I must stay here
And watch the crack
Oozing air.
"The Country House" by Amy Lowell
He evermore must wander the ooze
Beneath the wave,
Forlorn--to warn of the tempest born,
And to save--to save!
"A Sea-Ghost" by Cale Young Rice
The torrent's breath hath spread its blight
On every darkened room,
And oozing mosses drip decay
Through corridors of gloom,
While Ruin lays a subtle snare
On many a yielding rail and stair.
"Villa Pliniana" by John Lawson Stoddard
On the dim and misty lakes
Gloriously the morning breaks,
And the eagle's on his cloud:--
Whilst the wind, with sighing, wooes
To its arms the chaste cold ooze,
And the rustling reeds pipe loud.
"The Angler's Song" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
He wakes anon, but weaker yet,
For the stones with his oozing gore is wet,
Feebly he feels for his stolen store,
In his shirt, made redder by his gore!
But long ere the midnight cloud grows dark,
The Red Zouave lies stiff and stark.
"The Red Zouave" by Anonymous Americas
"The very air we breathe is thick with whisperings of hell;
The foolish trust the quaking bog, where wise men sink as well,
Who follow them: O husband mine, for love of me, beware
Of touching slime that from the pit is oozing everywhere!
"Mistress Hale Of Beverly" by Lucy Larcom

In news:

I want Cara Cara oranges and pamplemousse so ripe the juice oozes all over as you try to cut.
Canadian performer's lyrics ooze clean-scrubbed innocence on his new album, Free Dimensional.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, until the cheese is fully melted and oozing over the sides.
Mike DiNovo/US PresswireOn the court, Joakim Noah oozes intensity.
I want to see men oozing with testosterone.
Molly Greubel was oozing with confidence during crunch time Thursday night.
Larry Garner looks at Jacob Robertson and sees a young runner oozing with potential.
These cookies come out of the oven perfectly oozing from the Peep stuffed inside.
"Around the second-to-last lap, I was just like, 'Man, I've still got two laps to go,'" he said, the pain just oozing from his voice.
The Bear Mountain, CA, rider is a street-influenced freestyler with technical skill on handrails and park features, and he oozes style.
They ooze love and good vibrations for one another.
That was not the problem with the calzone ($6.75), oozing with cheese.
The toad will position itself so it cannot only ooze, but squirt (short distance) toxins at the attacker.
A fresh flow of lava oozed from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano yesterday (Feb 23), showing a unique swirling pattern in the cooling lava called "Pele's braids.".
The Little-Known Debate Format That Oozes Empathy.
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