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Seepage Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    seepage n : the process of seeping [syn: ooze, oozing]
Seepage Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Seepage \Seep"age\, or Sipage \Sip"age\, n. Water that seeped or oozed through a porous soil. [Scot. & U. S.]
Seepage Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Seepage \Seep"age\, n. The act or process of seeping; percolation.
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Soil mechanics is a branch of engineering mechanics that describes the behavior of soils. It differs from fluid mechanics and solid mechanics in the sense that soils consist of a heterogeneous mixture of fluids (usually air and water) and particles (usually clay, silt, sand, and gravel) but soil may also contain organic solids, liquids, and gasses and other matter.. Examples applications are building and bridge foundations, retaining walls, dams, and buried pipeline systems. Principles of soil mechanics are also used in related disciplines such as geophysical engineering, engineering geology, coastal engineering, agricultural engineering, hydrology and soil physics.

This article describes the genesis and composition of soil, the distinction between pore water pressure and inter-granular effective stress, capillary action of fluids in the pore spaces, soil classification, seepage and permeability, time dependent change of volume due to squeezing water out of tiny pore spaces, also known as consolidation, shear strength and stiffness of soils. The shear strength of soils is primarily derived from friction between the particles and interlocking, which are very sensitive to the effective stress . The article concludes with some examples of geotechnical engineering applications of the principles of soil mechanics such as slope stability, lateral earth pressure on retaining walls, and bearing capacity of foundations.

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