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leach

leach

 
pronunciation:
lich
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: leached, leaches, leaching
definition 1: to extract (soluble matter) by means of a percolating liquid.
All the valuable minerals were leached from the soil.
definition 2: to remove soluble matter from (a substance) by percolation.
The machine leaches ore.
definition 3: to pass or percolate (a liquid) through something, such as soil or rock.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: of a mineral, to be extracted or dissolved by a percolating liquid.
definition 2: to yield or give up soluble matter by the same process.
definition 3: to pass or percolate through something, such as water or other liquids.
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or process of percolating a liquid through a substance to remove the soluble constituents.
definition 2: the permeable container or vessel used in such a process.
definition 3: the substance through which percolating liquid is passed, or the material extracted by percolation.
derivations: leachable (adj.), leachability (n.)