- 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 leacher
Historical Examples of leacher
A man made up in lust would loath this in ye: The rankest Leacher, hate such impudence.Beaumont & Fletcher's Works (3 of 10): The Loyal Subject
- 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
Word Origin for leach
- a variant spelling of leech 2
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.