Definitions for: Leak


[n] unauthorized (especially deliberate) disclosure of confidential information
[n] the unwanted discharge of a fluid from some container; "they tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe"; "he had to clean up the leak"
[n] an accidental hole that allows something (fluid or light etc.) to enter or escape; "one of the tires developed a leak"
[n] a euphemism for urination; "he had to take a leak"
[n] soft watery rot in fruits and vegetables caused by fungi
[v] have an opening that allows light or substances to enter or go out; "The container leaks"
[v] enter or escape as through a hole or crack or fissure; "Water leaked out of the can into the backpack"
[v] be leaked; "The news leaked out despite his secrecy"
[v] tell anonymously; "The news were leaked to the paper"



Webster (1913) Definition: Leak, n. [Akin to D. lek leaky, a leak, G. leck, Icel.
lekr leaky, Dan. l[ae]k leaky, a leak, Sw. l["a]ck; cf. AS.
hlec full of cracks or leaky. Cf. Leak, v.]
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. 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.


Leak, a.
Leaky. [Obs.] --Spenser.


Leak, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Leaked; 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 a hole,
crevice, etc.; as, the cask leaks; the roof leaks; the
boat leaks.

2. 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.


Leak, n. (Elec.)
A loss of electricity through imperfect insulation; also, the
point at which such loss occurs.

Synonyms: escape, leak out, leakage, making water, outflow, passing water, wetting

See Also: bilge, break, break, bring out, bust, come forth, come out, discharge, disclose, disclosure, discover, divulge, egress, emerge, expose, fall apart, get around, get out, give away, go forth, hole, impart, issue, let on, let out, micturition, outpouring, reveal, revealing, revelation, run, soft rot, take in water, urination, wear, wear out

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