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 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 Nasty water, or leachate, could drain out of landfill to the treatment plant. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, 29 Oct. 2019 Village staff has reviewed the new plans and still has concerns regarding the underlying landfill’s gas and leachate extraction systems, slope stability, stormwater management methods and floodplan impacts, the report indicates. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, 23 July 2019 Waste in landfills can also contaminate water if the landfills aren’t designed with leachate in mind. Teen Vogue, 29 Apr. 2019 Also included in the plan are four groundwater monitoring wells, as well as surface-water monitoring systems to ensure no leachate seeps out. Kathleen Mcwilliams, Courant Community, 30 Apr. 2018 The owners of the farm have agreed to spend $724,000 on upgrades, including a new feed storage system that would prevent wet feed or leachate from leaking and contaminating waters. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of leachate

1934, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jun 2021

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“Leachate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leachate. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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