leach·​ate | \ ˈlē-ˌchāt How to pronounce leachate (audio) \

Definition of leachate

: a solution or product obtained by leaching

Examples of leachate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the freshwater tests, the researchers found that tire particles and leachate caused developmental abnormalities. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 7 Mar. 2022 This is not the leachate that collects at the bottom of bins from decaying food and condensed moisture; that’s best collected and poured into your regular compost bin, Craig said. Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2022 Though the leachate was the main cause of toxicity in the two species, exposure to nanoparticles enhanced the problems. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 7 Mar. 2022 Around and within the foundation, drainage systems collect and pump away leachate—the toxic slurry that accumulates as rainwater seeps through the trash—toward wells at the base of the landfill. Dylan Taylor-lehman, Popular Mechanics, 29 July 2021 The wells collect the leachate for treatment and disposal. Dylan Taylor-lehman, Popular Mechanics, 29 July 2021 Currently Arrowhead Landfill uses trucks to send its leachate – liquid waste from the mountains of household garbage – to Demopolis for treatment, a step that may no longer be necessary once the project is completed. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 27 May 2021 Most ends up piled dangerously at makeshift landfills—whose growth the PAX report also tracks—causing black leachate to leak into the groundwater, lakes, and rivers. Joseph Hincks, Time, 15 Mar. 2021 Anna O’Brien, a postgraduate student at the University of Toronto, observed tire leachate change the relationship between duckweed, a small plant that flourishes in still water, and the microbes that live on it. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of leachate

1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Leachate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leachate. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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leach·​ate | \ ˈlē-ˌchāt How to pronounce leachate (audio) \

Medical Definition of leachate

: a solution or product obtained by leaching toxic leachates from improperly managed landfills

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