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leach

noun
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

less common spelling of

1 : either vertical edge of a square sail
2 : the after edge of a fore-and-aft sail

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leach

verb \ ˈlēch \

Definition of leach

transitive verb
1 : to dissolve out by the action of a percolating liquid
  • leach out alkali from ashes
2 : to subject to the action of percolating (see percolate 1a) liquid (such as water) in order to separate the soluble components
3 a : to remove (nutritive or harmful elements) from soil by percolation (see percolate 1a)
  • soil leached of its salts by torrential rains
b : to draw out or remove as if by percolation
  • all meaning has been leached from my life
intransitive verb
: to pass out or through by percolation
  • Nutrients leached out of the soil with rainwater.

leachability

play \ˌlē-chə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

leachable

play \ˈlē-chə-bəl\ adjective

leacher

noun

Examples of leach in a Sentence

  1. Even a small amount of rain can leach the toxic material from the soil.

  2. Certain kinds of treated wood can leach chemicals into the soil.

  3. The chemical eventually leaches away from the soil.

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Origin and Etymology of leach

leach vessel through which water is passed to extract lye


LEACH Defined for English Language Learners

leach

verb

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

leach

verb

Definition of leach for Students

leached; leaching
: to remove or remove from by the action of a liquid passing through a substance
  • Water leaches minerals from soil.
  • The soil was leached by the constant rain.

Medical Dictionary

leach

transitive verb \ ˈlēch \

medical Definition of leach

1 : to subject to the action of percolating liquid (as water) in order to separate the soluble components
2 : to dissolve out by the action of a percolating liquid
intransitive verb
: to pass out or through by percolation

leachability

play \ˌlē-chə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun plural -ties

leachable

play \ˈlē-chə-bəl\ adjective


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