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 Designed by local artist Colin Ozawa, the Tumbler features layered geometric designs in a coral and turquoise color way, perfect to hold your hot or cold to-go orders with no chance of leakage. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 After work was done to address the leakage, Dixmoor’s water pressure and flow problems improved, said Lusk. Madeline Buckley, chicagotribune.com, 26 Oct. 2021 In this particular case, the Inspiration4 crew, however, did not notice any excreta floating around the cabin because the leakage was still relegated to contained areas underneath the floor, Gerstenmaier said. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 26 Oct. 2021 The goal of the study was to inform regulators which sectors struggle with pass-through and should, therefore, receive free allowance to avoid carbon leakage (moving of production to less restrictive jurisdictions). Shivaram Rajgopal, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 The problem is, the first week has been filled with big plays so someone needs to step up to address the leakage. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, 1 Aug. 2021 There are also no regulations on antibiotic use in animal agriculture, including controlling leakage into the surrounding environment. Andre Hudson, The Conversation, 29 Oct. 2021 Now startup Hazel aims to address that indifference with disposable underwear that can handle leakage and look good under leggings, too. Anne Field, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 The team’s research found that almost 150 million tons of GHG would be avoided if 100 percent of plastic leakage in India and Indonesia was prevented by 2030. Rob Kaplan, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of leakage

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

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“Leakage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leakage. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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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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