leak·​age | \ ˈlē-kij How to pronounce leakage (audio) \

Definition of leakage

1a : the act or process or an instance of leaking
b : loss of electricity especially due to faulty insulation
2 : something or the amount that leaks

Examples of leakage in a Sentence

trying to prevent accidental leakages Leakages of about 30 percent were reported. taking steps to prevent leakage of confidential information
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Recent Examples on the Web Unlike its European cousin, the new South African plug adds a third pin to satisfy a national mandate that sockets have protection for earth leakage, which reduces the risk of shock by detecting stray voltage. Brian Browdie, Quartz Africa, "South Africa’s unusual electrical plugs and sockets are headed for retirement," 17 Oct. 2020 The pipe subsequently went several weeks without leakage. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Chitin could be used to build tools and habitats on Mars, study finds," 22 Sep. 2020 Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the capital, Port Louis, at the weekend, claiming the deaths were linked to the spill and blaming the government for failing to prevent the leakage. Kamlesh Bhuckory, Bloomberg.com, "Dolphin Death Mystery Stokes Anger in Mauritius After Oil Spill," 31 Aug. 2020 But the methane leakage was totally ignored until the last 10 years, when an intrepid Ph.D. student named Mary Kang found pat answers to simple questions. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Yikes: Millions of Abandoned Gas Wells Are Leaking Methane," 21 Sep. 2020 The leakage started more than a week after the ship ran aground on July 25 after salvage operations were delayed. Kamlesh Bhuckory, Bloomberg.com, "Dolphin Death Mystery Stokes Anger in Mauritius After Oil Spill," 31 Aug. 2020 Finally, sometimes regrading is a relatively frail solution; a little careless digging in your garden may produce a new source of leakage. Kevin Brasler, Star Tribune, "Wet basement? Try to solve it before you spring for more costly options," 5 Sep. 2020 Such surveys are designed to sniff out terrorist weapons or the extent of radiation leakage after a power plant meltdown, not to scour housing developments, experts said. Cynthia Dizikes, SFChronicle.com, "Three SF supervisors, environmental groups seek ouster of health official after Chronicle investigation," 3 Sep. 2020 Not only that, but the brass connectors and rubber washer layout also help to reduce the risk of leakage. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "This popular gardening hose will reach up to 100 feet—and it's on sale," 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of leakage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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27 Oct 2020

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“Leakage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leakage. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of leakage

: an occurrence in which something (such as a liquid or gas) passes through a hole in a surface
: the amount that is lost when something leaks
: an occurrence in which secret information becomes known


leak·​age | \ ˈlē-kij How to pronounce leakage (audio) \

Kids Definition of leakage

: the act or process of entering or escaping through a crack or hole : leak leakage of water

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