PRONUNCIATION: (oz-MOH-sis, os-)

MEANING: noun: 1. A gradual, unconscious assimilation of information, ideas, etc.
2. Movement of a solvent through a semipermeable membrane from a lower solute concentration to higher concentration, thus equalizing concentrations on both sides.

From Greek osmos (a push). Earliest documented use: 1863.

O-SUM-OSIS - whatever you win, I lose

OS-MOO-SIS - getting the cow to produce without using a milking machine

OSMOSES - crossing the Red Sea without actually pushing aside all that water; also, what Moses moved when he spake