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
That is the chief concern of environmentalists: Sulfide deposits will leach into water and cause long-lasting damage.
In 2014, Flint switched water sources and failed to add corrosion-reducing phosphates, allowing lead from old pipes to leach into the water.
Radiological contaminants*, including Uranium and Radium-226, leach into water from certain minerals and from mining.
Since the pH of a standard Moscow Mule falls well below 6, the bulletin explains, the copper can leach into the beverage, potentially resulting in food poisoning.
As such, lead and other metals leached from piping into the water supply.
Lead from old plumbing leached into the water system.
Barrick is making improvements to the leach-pad area after a pipe ruptured, leading to a suspension of leaching activities on March 29.
The chemical compound, identified in California as a human carcinogen, is no longer in wide use but has leached over the years into many wells and reservoirs.
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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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