verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- league table,
- leahy, william daniel,
- leakey, louis seymour bazett
Origin of leak
Examples from the Web for leak
Targeting pods can bulge out a bit, and leak out unwanted signals.Newest U.S. Stealth Fighter ‘10 Years Behind’ Older Jets|Dave Majumdar|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The leak suggests that Mr. Obama remains blind to the principal cause of his foreign policy woes.
They simply would not leak this shocking story about big lineup changes on their own accord.
At its core, the tale revealed by the leak of what may be more than a million classified documents is a complicated one.‘Citizenfour’ Is Mesmerizing (If You Don’t Mind the Omissions)|Michael Cohen|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Local mechanics pitched in to help mend the craft, but weeks into setting off the repairs wore thin and the vessel sprung a leak.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother|Justin Jones|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The cold air drawn through the fire-box is hard on the sheets and flues and will cause them to leak.The Traveling Engineers' Association|Anonymous
She had sprung a leak, the water seemed to be gaining, and after a short rest I took my turn at the pumps with the crew.Chatterbox, 1905.|Various
I'll let it leak out that I'm only sending Zanzibar for a workout and to see whether he's improved any over last season.Old Man Curry|Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
Far better for him, poor lad, if he had taken my tip and left those tap-bolts to leak.An Ocean Tramp|William McFee
At this time the Resolution sprung a leak, which, at first, alarmed us not a little.
- a crack, hole, etc, that allows the accidental escape or entrance of fluid, light, etc
- such escaping or entering fluid, light, etc
Word Origin for leak
"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.
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]