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
After a fire in Slave Lake, Alberta, in 2011 that destroyed about 400 homes, the city landfill was found to be leaching toxins after fire debris was deposited there.
The fungus attacks its prey by sending out rhizomorphs, underground structures that leach onto the plant’s roots and kill them.
Drinking water pipes leached lead into the water supply as a result, leading to a corresponding rise in the blood-lead levels of residents and children.
When the city switched water supplies, this rust began to be stripped away, strongly discoloring the water and leaching the large amounts of lead from that rust into the water.
Much of it gets dumped into ponds and landfills that can leach into groundwater, and more than a third of it gets used to make cement, particle board and other products.
This process helps leach as much mushroom flavor as possible.
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.
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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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