Adjective "leaking" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


(of a container or covering) accidentally lose or admit contents, especially liquid or gas, through a hole or crack.
  1. 'a leaking gutter'
  2. 'I got to work this morning and found that my lunch box had leaked into my bag, and there was pesto sauce from my pasta salad coating the inside of the bag.'
  3. 'Unfortunately, most of the coolers leaked so badly that we had to replace them.'
  4. 'The roof leaks so badly that we have to put a bucket under it.'
  5. 'This leading cause of blindness in the elderly occurs when excess blood vessels start leaking into the eye.'
  6. 'Plumber number one tightened the fixing for the waste pipe - but two weeks later the bath was still leaking.'
  7. 'The roof is also leaking badly, window frames and guttering are rotting and the interior is in urgent need of redecoration.'
  8. '‘I keep these in my shed, so if the roof leaks on that, I'm screwed,’ he quips, before dissolving into kinks of laughter.'
  9. 'The petrol tank was leaking, and rags were soaked in the petrol on the ground and a lighted match applied.'
  10. 'I crawled back in bed, realizing that the roof was still leaking at an increasing rate.'
  11. 'The fountain's stonework is crumbling, the bowl leaks and at the beginning of the winter the town council decommissioned it due to concerns over the effects of water damage and leakage.'
  12. 'water kept leaking in'
  13. 'The gas leaked into the house through a manhole sewer system.'
  14. 'They also saw water leaking down from cracks in the rock and abundant crystal.'
  15. 'Pain shot up his arm as he felt something warm leak between his clenched fingers.'
  16. 'The epidemic of drowsiness was blamed on gases leaking from toxic waste dumped at the site.'
  17. 'Gas could leak from the unsealed core, while working in water could also result in leakage.'
  18. 'Holding her hand, he could feel sweat leak from his pores.'
  19. 'There was a serious danger to them because gas was leaking.'
  20. 'Look for dirty spots in your insulation, which often indicate holes where air leaks into and out of your house.'
  21. 'Light seemed to just leak out from his pores when he smiled.'
  22. 'This is from where, on the night of December 3, 1984, tons of poisonous gas leaked.'
(of secret information) become known.
  1. 'It need hardly be said that the residents of the northwest were far from impressed when the news of the scheme leaked out.'
  2. 'He offered no explanation for how the news had leaked out.'
  3. 'The council meeting was inconclusive and, instead of going away, the matter festered and more information leaked out.'
  4. 'There's been some information leaked out on the Internet about what will and won't be in the new magazine.'
  5. 'After all, he adds, he wasn't convinced anything significant was happening till enough information leaked out.'
  6. 'The news leaked out to save it from the scrap heap in the early 1930s.'
  7. 'The staff took various times to recover but everybody showed up for work a month after the message and no information leaked out.'
  8. 'When news leaked out of a gathering last week, Downing Street said it should have ‘remained private’.'
  9. 'The results are being kept secret until tonight - although some details have leaked out.'
  10. 'However, the painting was suddenly deemed to be of crucial national interest when the news leaked out that the Botticelli was to be sold to a Texan art gallery.'
  11. 'a report was leaked to the press'
  12. 'The president believes leaking classified information is a very serious matter and it should be pursued to the fullest extent by the appropriate agency.'
  13. 'What would be the motivation for leaking this information?'
  14. 'You keep talking about the State leaking information.'
  15. 'But this generally doesn't apply to third parties to whom the journalist leaks the information, since they aren't bound by the contract.'
  16. 'Also, why, and on whose authority, did unnamed police sources leak information to the press?'
  17. 'He said it was his hope ‘that we will witness a grand jury investigation with reporters present being asked to reveal who is leaking this information’.'
  18. 'Any civil servant who is proven to have leaked the information should face prosecution for disclosing confidential information.'
  19. 'So, should the media have the right to ignore a news embargo and break a story early if the information is leaked from another source?'
  20. 'A lot of people are leaking information that they say is in that report.'
  21. 'Information was leaked to the press at the time of the shooting, indicating that the Brazilian had behaved in such a way as to encourage the police in their belief that he was a terrorist.'


A hole in a container or covering through which contents may accidentally pass.
  1. 'The new detector can also be used to locate leaks from mains pipes in streets and in industrial complexes which may have many miles of piping.'
  2. 'In such times, we cling desperately to the life raft of the First Amendment, yet we must also remain aware of its leaks and holes.'
  3. 'As the students repair leaks from damaged bulkheads the hull can be progressively flooded with water and rolled through 20 degrees, just like a ship at sea.'
  4. 'Copper is relatively soft, and long-term exposure to sharp pieces of limestone may cut through the pipe and lead to leaks.'
  5. 'When he went into the basement, he saw a leak in the copper pipe that ran between the fuel tank and the furnace.'
  6. 'The pool had a permanent leak and had to be refilled about twice a week.'
  7. 'Fire brigade officers say the leak occurred in a pipe on the first floor.'
  8. 'If further water infiltration is to be prevented, all leaking pipes and roof leaks should be repaired.'
  9. 'If there are any leaks, fill the hole or crack with plastic solvent cement and wrap it with plastic electrical tape.'
  10. 'A leak was discovered and the original 2ft hole for the tap had to be extended to carry out repairs.'
  11. mass noun 'the leak of fluid may occur'
  12. 'Either way, the trick was to contain the leak and wait until the plumber could arrive the next morning.'
  13. 'There was evidence of past leaks, and some pipework had been replaced in the plant room area.'
  14. 'I notice that a number of our trials at Hauxton have been rendered useless and part of our field apparently contaminated following what appears to have been a leak from a burst pipe.'
  15. 'While diesel is less flammable than gasoline, any fuel leak creates serious safety and environmental risks in a marine setting.'
  16. 'Scottish Water is also to launch a campaign next month urging people to take care of the plumbing in their homes amid fears a freeze will result in widespread leaks from burst pipes.'
  17. 'It was two to three hours before the leak was contained, the cloud had dissipated, and the crisis was over.'
  18. 'If it is found that the hole is nothing to do with the leak then we will pass on the cost to the council.'
  19. 'Water companies have made big strides in reducing leaks from their pipes, a historic aggravating feature in dry periods.'
  20. 'Oil from its tanks is still seeping out and threatening local wildlife, despite elaborate efforts by the Ministry of Defence to contain the leaks.'
  21. 'A fuel leak which damaged a South Lakeland beck and endangered water supplies to 250,000 homes in Greater Manchester has cost a plant hire company almost 9,000.'
An intentional disclosure of secret information.
  1. 'And still, according to the absolutely intentional leaks, there doesn't seem to be a good answer.'
  2. 'Even before this happened, you needed one of the secret decoder rings to get any sort of leaks or information out of this White House.'
  3. 'He said questions about possible leaks of confidential information connected to the sale have cast a shadow on the deal.'
  4. 'To many observers, this seems an oxymoronic concept in a city notorious for information leaks.'
  5. 'The second thing to do is to see if you can make anonymous or obscure personal information so that a leak will be less damaging.'
  6. 'Health officials were in part to blame for information leaks - this being a small society and all.'
  7. 'Even big corporations attach great importance to security measures to prevent leaks of commercial secrets.'
  8. 'Any leak of critical information could hamper the investigation and diminish the element of surprise they want to achieve when pinning down a suspect, he added.'
  9. 'He urged anyone with information about the alleged leak to contact with Justice Department.'
  10. 'The subsequent leak of that information to the media is a breathtaking abuse of power by the authorities.'

More definitions

1. an unintended hole, crack, or the like, through which liquid, gas, light, etc., enters or escapes: a leak in the roof.

2. an act or instance of leaking.

3. any means of unintended entrance or escape.

4. Electricity. the loss of current from a conductor, usually resulting from poor insulation.

5. a disclosure of secret, especially official, information, as to the news media, by an unnamed source. verb (used without object)

6. to let a liquid, gas, light, etc., enter or escape

More examples(as adjective)

"sterns can be leaking to seas."

"gases can be leaking out of tundras."

"fuels can be leaking from vessels."

"secrets can be leaking."

"informations can be leaking."

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(leak)Late Middle English: probably of Low German or Dutch origin and related to lack.


have (or take) a leak