What does leach mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. leach, leaching(verb)

    the process of leaching

  2. leach(verb)

    cause (a liquid) to leach or percolate

  3. leach, percolate(verb)

    permeate or penetrate gradually

    "the fertilizer leached into the ground"

  4. leach, strip(verb)

    remove substances from by a percolating liquid

    "leach the soil"


  1. leach(Noun)

    A quantity of wood ashes, through which water passes, and thus imbibes the alkali.

  2. leach(Noun)

    A tub or vat for leaching ashes, bark, etc.

  3. leach(Verb)

    To purge a soluble matter out of something by the action of a percolating fluid.

    Heavy rainfall can leach out minerals important for plant growth from the soil.

  4. Origin: From leche, from *, from lēkijō, from lēk-, from leg(')-. Cognate with leccan, lacu. More at leak, lake.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leach(noun)

    see 3d Leech

  2. Leach(noun)

    a quantity of wood ashes, through which water passes, and thus imbibes the alkali

  3. Leach(noun)

    a tub or vat for leaching ashes, bark, etc

  4. Leach(verb)

    to remove the soluble constituents from by subjecting to the action of percolating water or other liquid; as, to leach ashes or coffee

  5. Leach(verb)

    to dissolve out; -- often used with out; as, to leach out alkali from ashes

  6. Leach(verb)

    to part with soluble constituents by percolation

  7. Leach(noun)

    see Leech, a physician

  8. Origin: [Written also leech and letch.]


  1. Leach

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Leach

    lēch, v.t. to wash or drain away by percolation of water, esp. to make lye by leaching ashes—also Letch.—ns. Leach′-trough, -tub, a trough or tub in which ashes are leached.—adj. Leach′y, liable to be leached, letting water percolate through. [A.S. leccan, to moisten.]

  2. Leach

    lēch, n. Same as Leech.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of leach in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of leach in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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