Definition of leach
- leach out alkali from ashes
- soil leached of its salts by torrential rains
- all meaning has been leached from my life
- Nutrients leached out of the soil with rainwater.
Examples of leach in a Sentence
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 of leach from the Web
The current state law that prohibits such mining was driven by concerns about mining minerals in sulfide deposits, which have a history of leaching acidic material and polluting waterways.
The result: Lead leached from old plumbing, poisoning Flint's water system.
The Chan Hol cave had regularly been flooded with both saltwater and freshwater since the man's death, leaching nearly all of the collagen from the bones that is vital for accurate carbon dating.
Even without the danger of pollutants leaching from Superfund sites, the water in Puerto Rico is still a problem.
In Syria, as many as 50,000 makeshift oil refineries stain the country, leaching oil into the water and soil, and ruining the health of the children operating them.
That is the chief concern of environmentalists: Sulfide deposits will leach into water and cause long-lasting damage.
Corrosive water caused lead to leach from pipes, joints and fixtures, causing a spike in toxic lead levels in the blood of Flint children.
Even though the city no longer draws its water from the contaminated Flint River, the pipes, which were damaged by the river water, continue to leach lead, and a federal disaster declaration remains in place.
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Origin and Etymology of leach
First Known Use: 1796See Words from the same year
LEACH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of leach for English Language Learners
: 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
LEACH Defined for Kids
Definition of leach for Students
- Water leaches minerals from soil.
- The soil was leached by the constant rain.
medical Definition of leach
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