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 These pads are super absorbent, soft, and breathable, with bamboo charcoal fabric on the inside, a microfiber absorbent layer underneath, and a waterproof outside to prevent leakage. Popular Science, "How to make your period more eco-friendly," 9 Sep. 2019 Tell Me More Urinary incontinence, the involuntary leakage of urine, affects women of all ages. New York Times, "Is Incontinence Inevitable?," 14 Jan. 2020 Known in the industry as leakage, the figure is about average compared to other tourism destinations. Chabeli Herrera, orlandosentinel.com, "In a theme park parking lot at night, a worker sleeps in her car. This is life in America’s most visited city," 5 Dec. 2019 The resulting seam was tight enough to hold a vacuum with little air leakage, qualifying it for use in harsh environments such as space. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "New Technique Welds Ceramics with Lasers," 24 Nov. 2019 Possibilities include leaking pipelines, pumps, and valves; water treatment systems; equipment in power plants fueled by natural gas; and leakage within homes and businesses. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "Major U.S. cities are leaking methane at twice the rate previously believed," 19 July 2019 Along with putting out the smolders, Gollan said the concern now is preventing fuel leakage into the river from the giant tanks of the large yachts. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Blaze that destroyed two superyachts is most expensive fire loss in Fort Lauderdale history, officials say," 17 Nov. 2019 The resulting confrontation and water leakage from the downgoing plates creates a zone of intense melting deep within Earth, which then forms chains of magma reservoirs within the crust that spawn volcanoes. National Geographic, "Ancient Aztec records reveal hidden earthquake risk," 11 Oct. 2019 Air leakage from walls is 35 percent, compared to the attic, which is 25 percent, and windows at 10 percent. Roxanne Washington, cleveland, "To avoid costly catastrophes, prepare your home for winter before the season sets in," 3 Oct. 2019

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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 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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