Adjective "leaching" definition and examples

(Leaching may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/liːtʃ/

Definitions and examples

verb

(with reference to a soluble chemical or mineral) drain away from soil, ash, or similar material by the action of percolating liquid, especially rainwater.
  1. no object 'pesticides and fertilizers that leach into rivers'
  2. 'When they looked at the data from their 1995-2001 study and saw how much nitrate was being leached from the soil, they realized just how important it is to manage drainage systems carefully.'
  3. 'In Australia, Mangareva, parts of the U.S. Southwest, and many other locations, most of the nutrients had already been leached out of the soil by rainfall.'
  4. 'He concluded that the pseudomorphs were derived when rainwater penetrating the near-surface layers leached out the sodium carbonate from the original shortite, leaving behind calcium carbonate.'
  5. 'More recently they have speculated that acid rain robs trees of this vital nutrient by leaching it from the soil and by mobilizing aluminum, which interferes with calcium uptake by roots.'
  6. '#6 Polystyrene can leach styrene, a possible human carcinogen that may also interfere with hormones.'
  7. 'If rainfall or irrigation is excessive, nitrate will be leached below the plant?'
  8. 'This, combined with nutrients being leached out of the soils by high rainfall, may cause weakness in some plants and nutrient deficiency, particularly in sandy soils.'
  9. 'The pad is used to store a mound of ore through which chemicals percolate to leach out the gold ore, which is then collected and processed into bullion.'
  10. 'Soluble minerals are leached from soils on upper slopes, move down the slope, and are often deposited at the foot of the slope.'
  11. 'It will stop rain leaching nutrients from the soil over the winter, and as it rots down it will improve the soil's texture and fertility quite naturally.'
  12. 'Both field evidence and binocular microscope inspection of the sediment from East Avenue Range indicate that the sediment is highly leached.'

More definitions

1. to dissolve out soluble constituents from (ashes, soil, etc.) by percolation.

2. to cause (water or other liquid) to percolate through something. verb (used without object)

3. (of ashes, soil, etc.) to undergo the action of percolating water.

4. to percolate, as water. noun

5. the act or process of leaching.

6. a product or solution obtained by leaching; leachate.

7. the material leached.

8. a vessel for use in leaching.

More examples(as adjective)

"chemicals can be leaching."

Origin

(leach)Old English leccan ‘to water’, of West Germanic origin. The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.