I. verb Etymology: Middle English leken, liken, from or akin to Middle Dutch leken; akin to Old English hlec leaky, Old High German zelehhan, Old Norse leka to leak and probably to Old English leccan to moisten, Middle Irish legaid it melts Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. to enter or escape through an opening usually by a fault or mistake <
fumes leak in
b. to let a substance or light in or out through an opening 2. a. to become known despite efforts at concealment <
confidential information leaked out
b. to be the source of an information leak transitive verb 1. to permit to enter or escape through or as if through a leak 2. to give out (information) surreptitiously <
leaked the story to the press
leaker noun II. noun Date: 15th century 1. a. a crack or hole that usually by mistake admits or lets escape b. something that permits the admission or escape of something else usually with prejudicial effect 2. the act, process, or an instance of leaking 3. sometimes vulgar an act of urinating — used especially in the phrase take a leakleakproof adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

(letting a liquid in or out), , , , , , , / , , , (water or other liquid), ,

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  • LEAK — is the brand name for high fidelity audio equipment made by H. J. Leak Co. Ltd, of London, England. The company was founded in 1934 by Harold Joseph Leak and was sold to the Rank Organisation in January 1969. During the 1950s and 60s, the company …   Wikipedia

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  • Leak — Leak, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Leaked} (l[=e]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Leaking}.] [Akin to D. lekken, G. lecken, lechen, Icel. leka, Dan. l[ae]kke, Sw. l[ a]cka, AS. leccan to wet, moisten. See {Leak}, n.] 1. To let water or other fluid in or out through …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leak — Ⅰ. leak UK US /liːk/ verb ► [I or T] if a liquid or gas leaks, or is allowed to leak, from a pipe or container, it escapes through an opening: »Textile chemicals leaking from a container started a fire in a cargo compartment. »The ship leaked an… …   Financial and business terms

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  • leak — [lēk] vi. [ME leken < ON leka, to drip < IE base * leg , to drip, trickle, LACK, OIr legaim, (I) dissolve, Welsh llaith, damp] 1. to let a fluid substance out or in accidentally [the boats leaks] 2. to enter, or escape accidentally from, an …   English World dictionary

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