Definitions for Leechlitʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

leechlitʃ(n.)

  1. any bloodsucking annelid worm of the class Hirudinea, as the European Hirudo medicinalis, once used widely for bloodletting.

    Category: Invertebrates

  2. a person who clings to another for personal gain, esp. without giving anything in return; parasite.

  3. Archaic. an instrument used for drawing blood.

  4. (v.t.)to apply leeches to, so as to bleed.

  5. to cling to and feed upon or drain, as a leech does; exhaust; deplete.

  6. Archaic. to cure; heal.

  7. (v.i.)to hang on to a person in the manner of a leech.

Origin of leech:

bef. 900; ME leche, OE lǣce; r. (by assoc. with leech2) ME liche, OE lȳce, c. MD lieke

leech*litʃ(n.)

  1. a physician.

* Archaic..

Origin of leech:

bef. 1150; ME leche, OE lǣce; c. OS lāki, OHG lāhhi, Go lēkeis; akin to ON lǣknir

leechlitʃ(n.)

  1. either of the lateral edges of a square sail.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. the after edge of a fore-and-aft sail.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

Origin of leech:

1350–1400; leche, ME lich(e)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. leech, bloodsucker, hirudinean(noun)

    carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end

  2. leech, parasite, sponge, sponger(verb)

    a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage

  3. bleed, leech, phlebotomize, phlebotomise(verb)

    draw blood

    "In the old days, doctors routinely bled patients as part of the treatment"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leech(noun)

    see 2d Leach

  2. Leech(verb)

    see Leach, v. t

  3. Leech(noun)

    the border or edge at the side of a sail

  4. Leech(noun)

    a physician or surgeon; a professor of the art of healing

  5. Leech(noun)

    any one of numerous genera and species of annulose worms, belonging to the order Hirudinea, or Bdelloidea, esp. those species used in medicine, as Hirudo medicinalis of Europe, and allied species

  6. Leech(noun)

    a glass tube of peculiar construction, adapted for drawing blood from a scarified part by means of a vacuum

  7. Leech(verb)

    to treat as a surgeon; to doctor; as, to leech wounds

  8. Leech(verb)

    to bleed by the use of leeches

Freebase

  1. Leech

    Leeches are segmented worms that belong to the phylum Annelida and comprise the subclass Hirudinea. Like other oligochaetes, such as earthworms, leeches share a clitellum and are hermaphrodites. Nevertheless, they differ from other oligochaetes in significant ways. For example, leeches do not have bristles and the external segmentation of their bodies does not correspond with the internal segmentation of their organs. Their bodies are much more solid as the spaces in their coelom are dense with connective tissues. They also have two suckers, one at each end. The majority of leeches live in freshwater environments, while some species can be found in terrestrial and marine environments, as well. Most leeches are hematophagous, as they are predominantly blood suckers that feed on blood from vertebrate and invertebrate animals. Almost 700 species of leeches are currently recognized, of which some 100 are marine, 90 terrestrial and the remainder freshwater taxa. Leeches, such as the Hirudo medicinalis, have been historically used in medicine to remove blood from patients. The practice of leeching can be traced to ancient India and Greece, and continued well into the 18th and 19th centuries in both Europe and North America. In modern times, the practice of leeching is much rarer and has been replaced by other contemporary uses of leeches, such as the reattachment of body parts and reconstructive and plastic surgeries and, in Germany, treating osteoarthritis.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. leech

    1. n. (Also leecher.) Among BBS types, crackers and warez d00dz, one who consumes knowledge without generating new software, cracks, or techniques. BBS culture specifically defines a leech as someone who downloads files with few or no uploads in return, and who does not contribute to the message section. Cracker culture extends this definition to someone (a lamer, usually) who constantly presses informed sources for information and/or assistance, but has nothing to contribute. See troughie. 2. v. [common, Toronto area] v. To download a file across any kind of internet link. “Hop on IRC later so I can leech some MP3s from you.” Used to describe activities ranging from FTP, to IRC DCC-send, to ICQ file requests, to Napster searches (but never to downloading email with file attachments; the implication is that the download is the result of a browse or search of some sort of file server). Seems to be a holdover from the early 1990s when Toronto had a very active BBS and warez scene. Synonymous with snarf (sense 2), and contrast snarf (sense 4).


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

leech(noun)

a kind of blood-sucking worm.

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