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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Offering carmakers a financial stake in Waymo would make those carmakers more motivated to help Waymo succeed and less worried that close collaboration with Waymo engineers could lead to the leakage of valuable trade secrets. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "GM’s self-driving deal with Honda is a wakeup call for Waymo," 4 Oct. 2018 Information leakage tends to undermine protections such as ASLR (address space layout randomization), so these flaws may enable effective exploitation of buffer overflows. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Meltdown and Spectre: Here’s what Intel, Apple, Microsoft, others are doing about it," 5 Jan. 2018 Her boob leakage didn't stop her from enjoying a fun night out. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "Chrissy Teigen Just Posted Another ‘Milky Boobs’ Video—Revealing Such a Relatable Problem," 26 June 2018 To prevent carbon leakage and to protect U.S. competitiveness, a border carbon adjustment system should be established. WSJ, "Economists’ Statement on Carbon Dividends," 16 Jan. 2019 Babies are always spitting up and diaper leakage is common, which results in endless laundry for new mothers. Naomi Williamson, Woman's Day, "10 Things Never to Buy a New Mom," 23 July 2014 Thirty-two-bit x86 has a simpler form of bounds protection that's both on Intel and AMD chips; this simpler bounds protection is also susceptible to Meltdown-style information leakage, and, unusually, AMD processors are susceptible to this attack. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Spectre, Meltdown researchers unveil 7 more speculative execution attacks," 14 Nov. 2018 The current theories regarding the elemental distribution concern climate change, or perhaps elemental leakage from an as-yet unknown source. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Findings in Crater Good Sign for Habitability on Mars," 14 Dec. 2016 No children are allowed at the mine, and toxic chemicals like mercury and arsenic are reduced and contained so no leakages can damage the environment or communities around. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Jeweler Pippa Small’s New Collection Was Hand-Forged 4,000 Meters Up in Bolivia," 22 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of leakage

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

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Financial Definition of leakage

What It Is

Leakage occurs when money leaves an economy. In the investor relations world, leakage also refers to the unauthorized or unanticipated dissemination of information.

How It Works

Let's say interest rates in Country X suddenly surpass interest rates in Country Y. Money begins to leak out of Country X and into Country Y as investors seek higher returns for the same amount of risk.

Why It Matters

Leakage can have many forms; interest rates are just one way for money to leak out of an economy. High taxes can have the same effect, as can excessive saving or higher interest in purchasing imported goods. In any case, the exit of money from an economy means the businesses in those economies must look for other forms of revenue. The shortage of capital can spur governments to stimulate the economy as a result.

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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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