leachate

noun

leach·​ate ˈlē-ˌchāt How to pronounce leachate (audio)
: a solution or product obtained by leaching

Examples of leachate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Residents in and around Seneca Falls have long complained about a bevy of problems related to the site, including truck traffic, choking dust and the potential for landfill runoff — known as leachate — to contaminate drinking water. Jesse McKinley Lauren Petracca, New York Times, 17 Sep. 2023 According to the company’s 2021 report, tens of millions of gallons of that leachate — tainted by toxic substances like arsenic and a range of dangerous chemicals — was collected and shipped to treatment facilities around the state, including to Buffalo, Ms. Hochul’s hometown. Jesse McKinley Lauren Petracca, New York Times, 17 Sep. 2023 In fact, the highest amounts of BPA (up to 17 milligrams per liter) are reported in landfill leachate (the highly toxic liquid byproduct of landfill waste) and liquid waste from paper mills. Katherine Gallagher, Treehugger, 29 June 2023 But the dump was constructed in such a way that leachate could be closely monitored and prevented from contaminating the surrounding water. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010 For instance, with a 20 percent hydrochloric acid solution, the researchers needed to increase the butt leachate to 10 percent of the liquid to keep damage to the steel low: at less than 12 percent of the corrosion seen with the unamended acid solution [Science News]. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 13 May 2010 In the two labs, the team exposed organisms to the particles and the leachate that comes off of them. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 7 Mar. 2022 Waste Connections was the focus of criticism after reports of problems at the nearly 800-acre landfill due to malfunctioning systems that were unable to collect liquids percolating through the landfill called leachate and were allowing natural gas and other noxious fumes to escape into the air. Faimon Roberts, NOLA.com, 16 Nov. 2020 The landfills also have leachate collection systems to capture anything that comes out of the landfill and remove it to be treated, Kohler explained. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leachate was in 1934

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“Leachate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leachate. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

leachate

noun
leach·​ate ˈlē-ˌchāt How to pronounce leachate (audio)
: a solution or product obtained by leaching
toxic leachates from improperly managed landfills

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