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leach

Definition of leach

  1. variant of leech



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leach

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verb \ˈlēch\

Simple Definition of leach

  • : to remove (a chemical, a metal, etc.) from a substance by the action of a liquid passing through the substance : to release (a chemical, a metal, etc.) when a liquid passes through

  • of a chemical, a metal, etc. : to be removed from a substance by a liquid passing through the substance

Full Definition of leach

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to dissolve out by the action of a percolating liquid <leach out alkali from ashes>

  3. 2 :  to subject to the action of percolating liquid (as water) in order to separate the soluble components

  4. 3 a :  to remove (nutritive or harmful elements) from soil by percolation b :  to draw out or remove as if by percolation <all meaning has been leached from my life>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to pass out or through by percolation

leach·abil·i·ty play \ˌlē-chə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
leach·able play \ˈlē-chə-bəl\ adjective
leach·er noun

Examples of leach

  1. Even a small amount of rain can leach the toxic material from the soil.

  2. Certain kinds of treated wood can leach chemicals into the soil.

  3. The chemical eventually leaches away from the soil.



Origin of leach

leach vessel through which water is passed to extract lye


First Known Use: 1796


Medical Dictionary

leach

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transitive verb \ˈlēch\

Medical Definition of leach

  1. 1:  to subject to the action of percolating liquid (as water) in order to separate the soluble components

  2. 2:  to dissolve out by the action of a percolating liquid

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to pass out or through by percolation

  5. leach·abil·i·ty \ˌlē-chə-ˈbil-ət-ē\play noun, plural leach·abil·i·ties
    leach·able \ˈlē-chə-bəl\play adjective




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