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Definition of the noun leach

What does leach mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: leaches

  1. the process of leaching

Alternative definition of the noun leach


  1. A quantity of wood ashes, through which water passes, and thus imbibes the alkali.
  2. A tub or vat for leaching ashes, bark, etc.

Definition of the verb leach

What does leach mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: leached | leaching | leaches

  1. cause (a liquid) to leach or percolate
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic terms: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
    • cause: percolate
  2. permeate or penetrate gradually
    • example: the fertilizer leached into the ground
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of leach: percolate
    • more generic words: dribble / filter / trickle = run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream
  3. remove substances from by a percolating liquid
    • example: leach the soil
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Source]Brian wiped the counter | Carla shoveled the walk
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Barry Cryer erased the writing
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Brian wiped the fingerprints from the counter | Carla shoveled the snow from the walk | Doug removed the smudges from the tabletop

      Verbs of Removing (with the same syntax): buff, distill, expunge, expurgate, flush, polish, purge, shave, skim, smooth, soak, strain, trim, unload, weed, whisk, winnow, wring.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of leach: strip
    • more generic terms: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

Alternative definition of the verb leach


  1. [transitive] To purge a soluble matter out of something by the action of a percolating fluid.


Leach is a census-designated place in southwestern Delaware County, Oklahoma, United States, along U.S. Highway 412 Scenic. The population was 220 at the 2000 census.


  1. Leach is a fictional character from the 1958 film Wolf Larsen.
  2. Leach is a fictional character from the 1962 film The Connection.
  3. Leach is a fictional character from the 1982 film A Piano for Mrs. Cimino.
  4. Leach is a fictional character from Bullet for a Badman.

There are other characters with in their name, like Buddy Leach, Janet Leach, Jimmy Leach, Martin Leach and Winslow Leach.


  1. Leach: Leach-Biltwell Motor Company designed, engineered, manufactured, and distributed luxury automobiles in the early 1920s. They used a Continental 303.1 cubic inch inline six-cylinder engine. Some of the advanced features of the Power-Plus Six included a tilt and telescoping steering column, removable steering wheel and a directional signal/stop light box on the rear fender.
  2. Leach or Leach Steamer was an American automobile company started in 1899.
  3. Leach is a canonical version, musical recording.
  4. Leach is a website.
  5. Leach is a family name.

Phrases with Leach

Phrases starting with the word Leach:

  1. Leach Orchid
  2. Leach's Triteleia
  3. Leach's Storm Petrel
  4. Leach's Storm-Petrel
  5. Leach's Single Leaf Bat

Phrase ending with the word Leach:

  1. to leach

Other phrases containing the word Leach:

  1. Pygmy Leach Orchid
  2. West Indian Leach Orchid

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Leach

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Google previewGrammar to Go (2005)

The Portable A - Zed Guide to Canadian Usage by Rob Colter

Leach is the word the soil engineer uses to describe the process by which a liquid, usually water, penetrates a ...

Google previewDictionary of Biology (2014)

by Bill Indge

The leach is a parasite. By moving toward a source of heat, it will be better able to find its warm-blooded host. taxonomy: the scientific study of classification. T-cell: a type of lymphocyte that does not secrete antibodies. There are many different ...

Google previewHow an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes (2013)

by Peter D. Schiff, Andrew J. Schiff

About the Illustrator BRENDAN LEACH is a New York City.

Google previewSensor Networks and Configuration (2007)

Fundamentals, Standards, Platforms, and Applications by Nitaigour P. Mahalik

LEACH is a clustering-based hierarchical routing protocol designed for WSNs. The protocol requires a set of sensor nodes to be elected as clusterheads according to a randomised algorithm. The set of nodes that are ...

Google previewThe Wiley Guide to Project Control (2010)

by Peter Morris, Jeffrey K. Pinto

Larry Leach Larry Leach is the president of the Advanced Projects Institute (API), a management consulting firm. API specializes in project management, which includes leading the implementation of the new Critical Chain method of project ...

Google previewCraftsman's Construction Installation Encyclopedia (2004)

by Stephen Diller, Janelle Diller

There are several systems you can use that will leach the ...

Google previewA Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland (2002)

1500-1830 by A. W. Skempton

Eventually in 1810 the Committee put forward a practical scheme, drafted by Leach, for locks and weirs at Teddington, Sunbury, Shepperton and Chertsey. with no long cuts; the locks were to be timber- framed 150ft. and 20ft. wide to take the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Science, Literature, & Art (1875)

Comprising the Definitions and Derivations of the Scientific Terms in General Use, Together with the History and Descriptions of the Scientific Principles of Nearly Every Branch of Human Knowledge by William Thomas Brande, George William Cox

Gibbula, Leach. Margarita, Leach).

Google previewA Dictionary of Creation Myths (1994)

by David Adams Leeming, Margaret Adams Leeming

Source: Leach, 19.

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Usage statistics about leach

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Quotes about Leach

When I interview people, and they give me an immediate answer, they're often not thinking. So I'm silent. I wait. Because they think they have to keep answering. And it's the second train of thought that's the better answer. (Robin Leach)
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Scrabble value of L1E1A1C3H4

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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