The boat was leaking water.
The cracked pipe leaked fumes into the room.
Fumes leaked through the crack in the pipe.
Air leaked out of the tire.
Water was leaking through a hole in the roof.
Someone leaked the story to the press. Noun
The boat had developed a bad leak.
The landlord said he would fix the leak in the roof.
a slow leak of the chemical
When a reporter revealed classified information, the source of the leak was investigated.
Security is high because of a fear of leaks before negotiations have been finished. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Some of the data leaked appears to be test information, as well as data that is incomplete or incorrect.—Matt Burgess, WIRED, 16 Nov. 2023 The scan at 20 weeks confirmed the fetus's spinal cord hadn't closed so spinal fluid was leaking.—Nadine El-Bawab, ABC News, 15 Nov. 2023 Georgia election interference case: Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ office is seeking an emergency protective order after portions of confidential videos from key witnesses in the case were leaked to two news outlets.—Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 15 Nov. 2023 The Burn Book got leaked Perhaps the most notable altercation on Tuesday took place between McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) and Tennessee Rep. Tim Burchett, one of the eight GOP rebels who, with Democratic help, removed the Californian from the speaker’s chair last month.—Erin B. Logan, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 Clarke’s sadness, and his concern for his wife, all leaked into the record.—Rob Tannenbaum, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2023 Simply knowing that a secret was leaked or that a third party has access to your business’s systems or data is not helpful to remediate and respond.—Alon Jackson, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Federal jury convicts veteran DEA supervisors of leaking confidential information
Aliza Chasan is a digital producer at 60 Minutes and CBS News.—Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 8 Nov. 2023 Dir Iram Parveen Bilal Pakistan, USA A Pakistani widow becomes an overnight sensation when her unvarnished opinions leak on to social media.—Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Nov. 2023
Two houses in Rancho Bernardo’s Westwood neighborhood were evacuated early Monday afternoon due to a natural gas leak at a nearby home under fumigation.—Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Rancho Bernardo, 17 July 2017 After checking ducts, evaluate all the windows and doors for leaks and cracks, and add new weather stripping if necessary.—Cincinnati.com, 30 June 2017 If the container uses ice packs, it must be sealed and in a leak-proof container with the contents clearly marked.—Cynthia Drescher, CNT, 27 June 2017 At 3:23 p.m., BGE had mitigated the leak, fire vehicles were leaving and the Sheriff's Office was preparing to reopen the road, Fire & EMS spokespersons Rich Gardiner and Jenn Chenworth reported on Facebook.—Staff Report, The Aegis, 2 June 2017 Truth is being mean leaves more leaks in your camp than the titanic and I ..—Christopher Rosen, EW.com, 21 May 2017 But strep also caused a leak in the BBB near the amygdala, the seat of fear and anxiety, and the lateral hypothalamus, where our sense of hunger begins.—Pamela Weintraub, Discover Magazine, 29 Mar. 2017 For their part, Trump's aides look on many of those holdovers from the last administration with suspicion, blaming them for leaks.—Tampa Bay Times, 20 Feb. 2017 Your Utility Company
In the event of a power outage or suspected gas leak, your utility company is better equipped to handle the problem than emergency responders.—Kelly O'Sullivan, Woman's Day, 15 Feb. 2017 See More
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Verb and Noun
Middle English leken, liken, from or akin to Middle Dutch leken; akin to Old English hlec leaky, Old High German zelehhan, Old Norse leka to leak and probably to Old English leccan to moisten, Middle Irish legaid it melts