verb (used with object)
to dissolve out soluble constituents from (ashes, soil, etc.) by percolation.
to cause (water or other liquid) to percolate through something.
verb (used without object)
(of ashes, soil, etc.) to undergo the action of percolating water.
to percolate, as water.
the act or process of leaching.
a product or solution obtained by leaching; .
the material leached.
a vessel for use in leaching.
to remove or be removed from a substance by a percolating liquid
to lose or cause to lose soluble substances by the action of a percolating liquid
another word for percolate (sense 1), percolate (sense 2)
the act or process of leaching
a substance that is leached or the constituents removed by leaching
a porous vessel for leaching
a variant spelling of leech2
Bernard (Howell). 1887–1979, British potter, born in Hong Kong
Old English leccan “to moisten, water, wet, irrigate,” (see leak). The word disappears, then re-emerges late 18c. in a technological sense in reference to percolating liquids. Related: Leached; leaching.
leaching leach·ing (lē’chĭng)
The removal of soluble material from a substance, such as soil or rock, through the percolation of water. Organic matter is typically removed from a soil horizon and soluble metals or salts from a rock by leaching. Leaching differs from eluviation in that it affects soluble, not suspended, material and often results in the complete removal of the material from the soil or rock.
[lee-kok] /ˈli kɒk/ noun 1. Stephen (Butler) 1869–1944, Canadian humorist and economist. /ˈliːkɒk/ noun 1. Stephen Butler. 1869–1944, Canadian humorist and economist: his comic works include Literary Lapses (1910) and Frenzied Fiction (1917)
[leed] /lid/ verb (used with object), led, leading. 1. to go before or with to show the way; conduct or escort: to lead a group on a cross-country hike. 2. to conduct by holding and guiding: to lead a horse by a rope. 3. to influence or induce; cause: Subsequent events led him to reconsider […]
[led] /lɛd/ noun, Chemistry. 1. a white, crystalline, water-soluble, poisonous solid, Pb(C 2 H 3 O 2) 2 ⋅3H 2 O, used chiefly as a mordant in dyeing and printing textiles and as a drier in paints and varnishes. /lɛd/ noun 1. a white crystalline toxic solid used in dyeing cotton and in making varnishes […]
- Lead a double life
Live as if one were two persons, usually one good and one bad. For example, They learned that his frequent travels were actually fictitious, and he was leading a double life, with a second home on the other side of town. This phrase is frequently used for a married person who establishes a second household […]