Leak



[leek] /lik/

noun
1.
an unintended hole, crack, or the like, through which liquid, gas, light, etc., enters or escapes:
a leak in the roof.
2.
an act or instance of leaking.
3.
any means of unintended entrance or escape.
4.
Electricity. the loss of current from a conductor, usually resulting from poor insulation.
5.
a disclosure of secret, especially official, information, as to the news media, by an unnamed source.
verb (used without object)
6.
to let a liquid, gas, light, etc., enter or escape, as through an unintended hole or crack:
The boat leaks.
7.
to pass in or out in this manner, as liquid, gas, or light:
gas leaking from a pipe.
8.
to become known unintentionally (usually followed by out):
The news leaked out.
9.
to disclose secret, especially official, information anonymously, as to the news media:
The official revealed that he had leaked to the press in the hope of saving his own reputation.
verb (used with object)
10.
to let (liquid, gas, light, etc.) enter or escape:
This camera leaks light.
11.
to allow to become known, as information given out covertly:
to leak the news of the ambassador’s visit.
Idioms
12.
take a leak, Slang: Vulgar. to urinate.
/liːk/
noun
1.

2.
spring a leak, to develop a leak
3.
something resembling this in effect: a leak in the defence system
4.
the loss of current from an electrical conductor because of faulty insulation, etc
5.
a disclosure, often intentional, of secret information
6.
the act or an instance of leaking
7.
a slang word for urination See urination
verb
8.
to enter or escape or allow to enter or escape through a crack, hole, etc
9.
when intr, often foll by out. to disclose (secret information), often intentionally, or (of secret information) to be disclosed
10.
(intransitive) a slang word for urinate
v.

“to let water in or out” [Johnson], late 14c., from Middle Dutch leken “to drip, to leak,” or from Old Norse leka, both of them related to Old English leccan “to moisten” (which did not survive into Middle English), all from Proto-Germanic *lek- “deficiency” (cf. Old High German lecchen “to become dry,” German lechzen “to be parched with thirst”), from PIE root *leg- “to dribble, trickle.” The figurative meaning “come to be known in spite of efforts at concealment” dates from at least 1832; transitive sense first recorded 1859. Related: Leaked; leaking.
n.

late 15c., from leak (v.) or Old Norse cognate leki. Sense of “revelation of secret information” is from 1950. Meaning “act of urination” is attested from 1934 (“Tropic of Cancer”); but the verb meaning “to piss” is from 1590s: “Why, you will allow vs ne’re a Iourden, and then we leake in your Chimney.” [“I Hen. IV,” II.i.22]

noun

verb

Related Terms

take a leak

programming
With a 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.
One might refer to, say, a “window handle leak” in a window system.
See memory leak, fd leak.
[Jargon File]
(1995-04-18)

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