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osmosis (plural osmoses) The net movement of solvent molecules from a region of high solvent potential to a region of lower solvent potential through a partially permeable membrane (slang) Picking up knowledge accidentally, without actually seeking that particular knowledge. I was reading about chickens, and I guess I learned about hawks through osmosis. 1999, Neil Gaiman, Stardust, pages 36-37 (2001 Perennial paperback edition) At age fourteen, by a process of osmosis, of dirty jokes, whispered secrets and filthy ballads, Tristram learned of sex.
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