AskDefine | Define leach

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leach n : the process of leaching [syn: leaching]

Verb

1 cause (a liquid) to leach or percolate
2 permeate or penetrate gradually; "the fertilizer leached into the ground" [syn: percolate]
3 remove substances from by a percolating liquid; "leach the soil" [syn: strip]

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Noun

  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.

Verb

  1. 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.
    The mercury in dental amalgams can leach out from the fillings into the body.

Translations

to purge a soluble matter out of something

Extensive Definition

Leach may refer to:
Leach, as a surname, may refer to:
leach in German: Leach
leach in French: Leach
leach in Japanese: リーチ

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