verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- lee, sir sidney,
- lee, spike,
- lee, tsung-dao,
- leech line,
- leech rope,
Origin of leech1
Examples from the Web for leeching
Improper burial, Dove says, could mean that harmful bacteria are leeching into the waterways.Aporkalypse Now: Pig-Killing Virus Could Mean the End of Bacon|Carrie Arnold|August 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And not just in our air or leeching into our ocean, but potentially showing up on our plate.Radioactive Tuna Won’t Kill You—but Should We Be Concerned About Mercury?|Daniel Stone|May 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Leeching, however, is seldom needed, a hypodermic injection of morphia generally sufficing to relieve the pain.
No wonder gout was a common disease, and the overheated blood needed to be reduced by cupping and leeching.The Colonial Cavalier|Maud Wilder Goodwin
Then Leeching, after loading his pistol, went to work with his comrade for an hour or so.The Golden Butterfly|Walter Besant
We feared, for a few minutes, that it really would be a case for a chirurgeon, with cupping and leeching and smelling salts.Plum Pudding|Christopher Morley
Cupping and leeching were less frequently practiced in the medieval period, although general bloodletting retained its popularity.
- an archaic word for physician
- (in combination)leechcraft
Word Origin for leech
Word Origin for leech
"bloodsucking aquatic worm," from Old English læce (Kentish lyce), of unknown origin (with a cognate in Middle Dutch lake). Commonly regarded as a transferred use of leech (n.2), but the Old English forms suggest a distinct word, which has been assimilated to leech (n.2) by folk etymology [see OED]. Figuratively applied to human parasites since 1784.
obsolete for "physician," from Old English læce, probably from Old Danish læke, from Proto-Germanic *lekjaz "enchanter, one who speaks magic words; healer, physician" (cf. Old Frisian letza, Old Saxon laki, Old Norse læknir, Old High German lahhi, Gothic lekeis "physician"), literally "one who counsels," perhaps connected with a root found in Celtic (cf. Irish liaig "charmer, exorcist, physician") and Slavic (cf. Serbo-Croatian lijekar, Polish lekarz), from PIE *lep-agi "conjurer," from root *leg- "to collect," with derivatives meaning "to speak" (see lecture (n.)).
For sense development, cf. Old Church Slavonic baliji "doctor," originally "conjurer," related to Serbo-Croatian bajati "enchant, conjure;" Old Church Slavonic vrači, Russian vrač "doctor," related to Serbo-Croatian vrač "sorcerer, fortune-teller." The form merged with leech (n.1) in Middle English, apparently by folk etymology. In 17c., leech usually was applied only to veterinary practitioners. The fourth finger of the hand, in Old English, was læcfinger, translating Latin digitus medicus, Greek daktylus iatrikos, supposedly because a vein from that finger stretches straight to the heart.