- to dissolve out soluble constituents from (ashes, soil, etc.) by percolation.
- to cause (water or other liquid) to percolate through something.
- (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; leachate.
- the material leached.
- a vessel for use in leaching.
Origin of leach1
Examples from the Web for leached
And yet, if you look closely, it's there, it's leached into literature.The Best Stoner Novels
April 20, 2010
Why are leached ashes inferior to those that have not been leached?The Elements of Agriculture
George E. Waring
Leach′-trough, -tub, a trough or tub in which ashes are leached.
All the earth in sight has been worked for saltpeter, leached, and thrown aside.Archeological Investigations
Salt would not have been leached out of the soil and gathered in the seas.Operation: Outer Space
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
When these rocks lie nearer the surface than the line of drainage, the saline materials are leached away.Historic Highways of America (Vol. 1)
Archer Butler Hulbert
- Bernard (Howell). 1887–1979, British potter, born in Hong Kong
- 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 leech 2
Word Origin and History for leached
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.