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Princeton's WordNet

  1. leaknoun

    an accidental hole that allows something (fluid or light etc.) to enter or escape

    "one of the tires developed a leak"

  2. leaknoun

    soft watery rot in fruits and vegetables caused by fungi

  3. leak, wetting, making water, passing waternoun

    a euphemism for urination

    "he had to take a leak"

  4. escape, leak, leakage, outflownoun

    the discharge of a fluid from some container

    "they tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe"; "he had to clean up the leak"

  5. leak, news leakverb

    unauthorized (especially deliberate) disclosure of confidential information

  6. leakverb

    tell anonymously

    "The news were leaked to the paper"

  7. leak, leak outverb

    be leaked

    "The news leaked out despite his secrecy"

  8. leakverb

    enter or escape as through a hole or crack or fissure

    "Water leaked out of the can into the backpack"; "Gas leaked into the basement"

  9. leakverb

    have an opening that allows light or substances to enter or go out

    "The container leaked gasoline"; "the roof leaks badly"

GCIDE

  1. Leaknoun

    The disclosure of information that is expected to be kept confidential; as, leaks by the White House staff infuriated Nixon; leaks by the Special Prosecutor were criticized as illegal.

Wiktionary

  1. leaknoun

    A crack, crevice, fissure, or hole which admits water or other fluid, or lets it escape.

  2. leaknoun

    The entrance or escape of a fluid through a crack, fissure, or other aperture.

    The leak gained on the ship's pumps.

  3. leaknoun

    A divulgation, or disclosure, of information held secret util then.

  4. leaknoun

    The person through whom such divulgation, or disclosure, occurred.

    The press must have learned about the plan through a leak.

  5. leakverb

    To allow fluid to escape or enter something that should be sealed.

    The faucet has been leaking since last month.

  6. leakverb

    To reveal secret information.

    Someone must have leaked it to our competitors that the new product will be out soon.

  7. Etymology: From leken, of or origin, compare leken, leka, both from likanan, from leg(')-. Cognate with leccan, lecchen, Leck, Albanian lag,lak. More at leach, lake.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LEAKnoun

    A breach or hole which lets in water.

    Etymology: leck, leke, Dutch.

    There will be always evils, which no art of man can cure; breaches and leaks more than man’s wit hath hands to stop. Richard Hooker.

    The water rushes in, as it doth usually in the leak of a ship. John Wilkins, Mathematical Magick.

    Whether she sprung a leak I cannot find,
    Or whether she was over set with wind,
    Or that some rock below her bottom rent,
    But down at once with all her crew she went. Dryden.

  2. To Leakverb

    They will allow us ne’er a jordan, and then we leak in your chimney. William Shakespeare.

    The water, which will perhaps by degrees leak into several parts, may be emptied out again. John Wilkins, Math. Magick.

    His feet should be washed every day in cold water; and have his shoes so thin, that they might leak, and let in water. John Locke.

    Golden stars hung o’er their heads,
    And seemed so crowded, that they burst upon ’em,
    And dart at once their baleful influence
    In leaking fire. John Dryden, Oedipus.

Wikipedia

  1. LEAK

    LEAK is the brand name for high-fidelity audio equipment made by H. J. Leak & Co. Ltd, of London, England. The company was founded in 1934 by Harold Joseph Leak and was sold to the Rank Organisation in January 1969. During the 1950s and 1960s, the company produced high-quality amplifiers, radio tuners, loudspeakers (the LEAK Sandwich), pickups, arms and a turntable. The sale of the business to Rank saw an expanded range of models, and considerable further development of loudspeakers, but Rank was not able to position the brand to counter competition from Japanese electronics manufacturers, so by the late 1970s, electronics and speaker production ceased under the LEAK name.

ChatGPT

  1. leak

    A leak generally refers to an unintentional escape or release of something from a confined or enclosed space such as liquid, gas, light, information, or energy. This can be due to a hole, crack or fault in a container or system. Leaks can be physical or abstract in nature, referring to anything from water leakage in a pipe to leakage of confidential information in an organization.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leak

    a crack, crevice, fissure, or hole which admits water or other fluid, or lets it escape; as, a leak in a roof; a leak in a boat; a leak in a gas pipe

  2. Leak

    the entrance or escape of a fluid through a crack, fissure, or other aperture; as, the leak gained on the ship's pumps

  3. Leakadjective

    leaky

  4. Leaknoun

    to let water or other fluid in or out through a hole, crevice, etc.; as, the cask leaks; the roof leaks; the boat leaks

  5. Leaknoun

    to enter or escape, as a fluid, through a hole, crevice, etc. ; to pass gradually into, or out of, something; -- usually with in or out

  6. Etymology: [Akin to D. lekken, G. lecken, lechen, Icel. leka, Dan. lkke, Sw. lcka, AS. leccan to wet, moisten. See Leak, n.]

Wikidata

  1. LEAK

    LEAK is the brand name for high-fidelity audio equipment made by H. J. Leak & Co. Ltd, of London, England. The company was founded in 1934 by Harold Joseph Leak and was sold to the Rank Organisation in January 1969. During the 1950s and 60s, the company produced high-quality amplifiers, radio tuners, loudspeakers, pickups, arms and a turntable. The sale of the business to Rank saw an expanded range of models, and considerable further development of loudspeakers, but Rank was not able to position the brand to counter competition from Japanese electronics manufacturers, so by the late 1970s electronics and speaker production ceased under the LEAK name.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Leak

    lēk, n. a crack or hole in a vessel through which liquid may pass: the oozing of any fluid through an opening.—v.i. to let any fluid into or out of a vessel through a leak.—ns. Leak′age, a leaking: that which enters or escapes by leaking: an allowance for leaking; Leak′iness.—adj. Leak′y, having leaks: letting any liquid in or out.—Leak out, to find vent, to get to the public ears; Spring a leak, to begin to let in water. [Ice. leka; Dut. lekken, to drip.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. leak

    With qualifier, one of a class of resource-management bugs that occur when resources are not freed properly after operations on them are finished, so they effectively disappear (leak out). This leads to eventual exhaustion as new allocation requests come in. memory leak has its own entry; one might also refer, to, say, a window handle leak in a window system.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Leak

    A loss or escape of electricity by accidental connection either with the ground or with some conductor. There are various kinds of leak to which descriptive terms are applied.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. leak

    [Anglo-Saxon leccinc]. A chink in the deck, sides, or bottom of a ship, through which the water gets into her hull. When a leak begins, a vessel is said to have sprung a leak.

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  1. LEAK

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LEAK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Leak is ranked #6684 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Leak surname appeared 5,053 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Leak.

    57.3% or 2,898 total occurrences were Black.
    34.7% or 1,754 total occurrences were White.
    2.6% or 136 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.4% or 124 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.2% or 114 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.5% or 27 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of leak in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of leak in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of leak in a Sentence

  1. Brett Eldredgecertainly:

    Here we are, it’s the morning, i was going to take a leak, start the day; that’s how you start the day. I walk in here and what do we have? A beautiful New Year’s snake. Holy shhhh…whoa. Oh, he’s got a big body. He’s got a real big body. Hey buddy, what are you doing? What are we gonna do?

  2. Alexander Siddig:

    Everybody is paranoid about some leak on Facebook or Instagram or YouTube… I think the secrecy is kind of understandable, but also there is an element of hype about it that makes it… the more secretive it is, the more special it is. And certainly ‘Game of Thrones’ plays that. They misinform the crowd and they give them tidbits to send them in wrong directions.

  3. Karen Hill:

    My understanding is that the leak is stopped, the site is contained, and they are fully into clean-up phase.

  4. Trey Gowdy:

    I think the most troubling part for me is when Director Comey would not assure us that there’s a leak investigation.

  5. Antonio Gonzalez:

    We know there was a leak, what we don't know is why, but everything points to an accident.

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