leach

noun

less common spelling of leech

1 : either vertical edge of a square sail
2 : the after edge of a fore-and-aft sail

leach

verb
\ ˈlēch How to pronounce leach (audio) \
leached; leaching; leaches

Definition of leach (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to dissolve out by the action of a percolating liquid leach out alkali from ashes
2 : to subject to the action of percolating (see percolate sense 1a) liquid (such as water) in order to separate the soluble components
3a : to remove (nutritive or harmful elements) from soil by percolation (see percolate sense 1a) soil leached of its salts by torrential rains
b : to draw out or remove as if by percolation all meaning has been leached from my life

intransitive verb

: to pass out or through by percolation Nutrients leached out of the soil with rainwater.

Other Words from leach

Verb

leachability \ ˌlē-​chə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce leach (audio) \ noun
leachable \ ˈlē-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce leach (audio) \ adjective
leacher noun

Examples of leach in a Sentence

Verb Even a small amount of rain can leach the toxic material from the soil. Certain kinds of treated wood can leach chemicals into the soil. The chemical eventually leaches away from the soil.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If the deceased has had chemotherapy, the liquid may leach out; then there’s embalming fluid, a potent chemical cocktail that contains formaldehyde, a carcinogen. William Ralston, Wired, 26 July 2022 The 18 million liters of embalming fluid that leach into US soil annually could fill six Olympic-size swimming pools. William Ralston, Wired, 26 July 2022 In its ruling, the agency said that Juul had provided insufficient and conflicting data about potentially harmful chemicals that could leach out of Juul’s proprietary e-liquid pods. Matt Richtel And Andrew Jacobs, BostonGlobe.com, 23 June 2022 Instead it was based on what the agency said was insufficient and conflicting data from the company about potentially harmful chemicals that could leach out of Juul’s e-liquid pods. New York Times, 23 June 2022 Particularly pollutants like heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that leach into the soil and water. Anuradha Varanasi, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The work suggests that a few chemical treatments might help leach away some of the heavy metals and convert the iron into an oxidation state more similar to that seen in typical Earth soils. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 12 May 2022 The chemicals also leach out of products such as carpets, clothing, cookware, cosmetics, dental floss, fast-food wrappers, firefighting foam, food packaging, microwave popcorn bags, paper plates, pizza boxes, rain jackets and ski wax. Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune, 10 July 2022 Full of enzymes and bacteria and critters, the manure will clean the residual gore from the bones and leach out any remaining oil. Peter Wayne Moe, Longreads, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of leach

Verb

1796, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for leach

Verb

leach vessel through which water is passed to extract lye

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More Definitions for leach

leach

verb
leached; leaching

Kids Definition of leach

: to remove or remove from by the action of a liquid passing through a substance Water leaches minerals from soil. The soil was leached by the constant rain.

leach

transitive verb
\ ˈlēch How to pronounce leach (audio) \

Medical Definition of leach

1 : to subject to the action of percolating liquid (as water) in order to separate the soluble components
2 : to dissolve out by the action of a percolating liquid

intransitive verb

: to pass out or through by percolation

Other Words from leach

leachability \ ˌlē-​chə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce leach (audio) \ noun, plural leachabilities
leachable \ ˈlē-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce leach (audio) \ adjective

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