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leak

LEAK, n. [Gr. a fissure or crevice, L. lacero and loquor, and perhaps Eng. clack. It seems that licerish is from the root of leak, and signifies properly watery.]

1. A crack, crevice, fissure or hole in a vessel, that admits water, or permits a fluid to escape.

2. The oozing or passing of water or other fluid or liquor through a crack, fissure or aperture in a vessel, either into it, as into a ship, or out of it, as out of a cask.

To spring a leak, is to open or crack so as to let in water; to being to let in water.

LEAK, a. Leaky. [Not in use.]

LEAK, v.i. To let water or other liquor into or out of a vessel, through a hole or crevice in the vessel. A ship leaks, when she admits water through her seams or an aperture in her bottom or sides, into the hull. A pail or a cask leaks, when it admits liquor to pass out through a hole or crevice.

To lead out, to find vent; to escape privately from confinement or secrecy; as a fact or report.



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LEAK, n. [Gr. a fissure or crevice, L. lacero and loquor, and perhaps Eng. clack. It seems that licerish is from the root of leak, and signifies properly watery.]

1. A crack, crevice, fissure or hole in a vessel, that admits water, or permits a fluid to escape.

2. The oozing or passing of water or other fluid or liquor through a crack, fissure or aperture in a vessel, either into it, as into a ship, or out of it, as out of a cask.

To spring a leak, is to open or crack so as to let in water; to being to let in water.

LEAK, a. Leaky. [Not in use.]

LEAK, v.i. To let water or other liquor into or out of a vessel, through a hole or crevice in the vessel. A ship leaks, when she admits water through her seams or an aperture in her bottom or sides, into the hull. A pail or a cask leaks, when it admits liquor to pass out through a hole or crevice.

To lead out, to find vent; to escape privately from confinement or secrecy; as a fact or report.

LEAK, a.

Leaky. [Not in use.] – Spenser.


LEAK, n. [D. lek, a leak, and leaky; lekken, to leak, to drop, to sleek or make smooth; lekker, dainty, delicate, nice, delicious; G. leck, a leak, and leaky; lecken, to leak, to drop out, to jump, to lick; lecker, dainty, delicious, lickerish; Sw. laka, to distill or drop, and läka, to leak; Dan. lek, leaky; lekke, a leak; lekkefad, a dripping-pan; lekker to leak, to drop; lekker, dainty, delicate, nice, lickerish; Sax. hlece, leaky. If the noun is the primary word, is may be the Gr. λακις, a fissure or crevice, from ληκεω, Dor. λακεω, to crack, to sound, or to burst with sound, coinciding with L. lacero and loquor, and perhaps Eng. clack. It seems that lickerish is from the root of leak, and signifies properly, watery.]

  1. A crack, crevice, fissure or hole in a vessel that admits water, or permits a fluid to escape.
  2. The oozing or passing of water or other fluid or liquid through a crack, fissure or aperture in a vessel, either into it, as into a ship, or out of it, as out of a cask. To spring a leak, is to open or crack so as to let in water; to begin to let in water.

LEAK, v.i.

To let water or other liquor into or out of vessel, through a hole or crevice in the vessel. A ship leaks, when she admits water through her seams or an aperture in her bottom or sides, into the hull. A pail or a cask leaks, when it admits liquor to pass out through a hole a crevice. To leak out, to find vent; to escape privately from confinement or secrecy; as a fact or report.


Leak
  1. A crack, crevice, fissure, or hole which admits water or other fluid, or lets it escape; as, a leak in a roof; a leak in a boat; a leak in a gas pipe.

    "One leak will sink a ship." Bunyan.
  2. Leaky.

    [Obs.] Spenser.
  3. To let water or other fluid in or out through a hole, crevice, etc.; as, the cask leaks; the roof leaks; the boat leaks.
  4. A loss of electricity through imperfect insulation; also, the point at which such loss occurs.
  5. The entrance or escape of a fluid through a crack, fissure, or other aperture; as, the leak gained on the ship's pumps.

    To spring a leak, to open or crack so as to let in water; to begin to let in water; as, the ship sprung a leak.

  6. To enter or escape, as a fluid, through a hole, crevice, etc.; to pass gradually into, or out of, something; -- usually with in or out.

    To leak out, to be divulged gradually or clandestinely; to become public; as, the facts leaked out.

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Leak

LEAK, noun [Gr. a fissure or crevice, Latin lacero and loquor, and perhaps Eng. clack. It seems that licerish is from the root of leak and signifies properly watery.]

1. A crack, crevice, fissure or hole in a vessel, that admits water, or permits a fluid to escape.

2. The oozing or passing of water or other fluid or liquor through a crack, fissure or aperture in a vessel, either into it, as into a ship, or out of it, as out of a cask.

To spring a leak is to open or crack so as to let in water; to being to let in water.

LEAK, adjective Leaky. [Not in use.]

LEAK, verb intransitive To let water or other liquor into or out of a vessel, through a hole or crevice in the vessel. A ship leaks, when she admits water through her seams or an aperture in her bottom or sides, into the hull. A pail or a cask leaks, when it admits liquor to pass out through a hole or crevice.

To lead out, to find vent; to escape privately from confinement or secrecy; as a fact or report.

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