To pass through the pores or interstices of; to penetrate and pass through without causing rupture or displacement; -- applied especially to fluids which pass through substances of loose texture; as, water permeates sand.
- To spread or flow throughout; pervade: "Our thinking is permeated by our historical myths” ( Freeman J. Dyson). See Synonyms at charge.
- To pass through the openings or interstices of: liquid permeating a membrane.
- To spread through or penetrate something.