• WordNet 3.6
    • v leak have an opening that allows light or substances to enter or go out "The container leaked gasoline","the roof leaks badly"
    • v leak enter or escape as through a hole or crack or fissure "Water leaked out of the can into the backpack","Gas leaked into the basement"
    • v leak be leaked "The news leaked out despite his secrecy"
    • v leak tell anonymously "The news were leaked to the paper"
    • n leak unauthorized (especially deliberate) disclosure of confidential information
    • n leak the 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 leak an accidental hole that allows something (fluid or light etc.) to enter or escape "one of the tires developed a leak"
    • n leak a euphemism for urination "he had to take a leak"
    • n leak soft watery rot in fruits and vegetables caused by fungi
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Natural gas does not have any odor. In order to detect a gas leak, some gas companies add a chemical that smells similar like rotten eggs.
    • Leak 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."
    • Leak (Elec) A loss of electricity through imperfect insulation; also, the point at which such loss occurs.
    • Leak an act of urinating; -- used mostly in the phrase take a leaki. e. to urinate.
    • a Leak Leaky.
    • Leak The disclosure of information that is expected to be kept confidential; as, leaks by the White House staff infuriated Nixon; leaks by the Special Prosecutor were criticized as illegal.
    • Leak The entrance or escape of a fluid through a crack, fissure, or other aperture; as, the leak gained on the ship's pumps.
    • Leak 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.
    • Leak To let water or other fluid in or out through a hole, crevice, etc.; as, the cask leaks; the roof leaks; the boat leaks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Natural gas has no odor. The smell is added artificially so that leaks can be detected.
    • leak To let water or other fluid, or light, etc., out of, into, or through something, by an accidental or unintentional aperture, or through permeable material: as, the eask leaks; the ship is leaking; the roof leaks.
    • leak To ooze or pass, as water or other fluid, or anything that can flow, as grain, through an aperture.
    • leak To void water or urine.
    • leak To let out or in (especially some fluid) by an accidental aperture: as, the pipe leaks gas; the roof leaks rain; the camera leaks light.
    • leak To make leaky.
    • leak Leaky.
    • n leak An aperture by which anything that can flow, especially water or other fluid, passes out of, into, or through anything intended to contain, exclude, or restrain it; a crack, crevice, fissure, or hole that permits the passage of anything intended to be shut in or out: as, a leak in a cask, ship, dam, or dike; to stop or plug a leak.
    • n leak The oozing or passing of a fluid, etc., into, out of, or through anything by an accidental or unintentional aperture or through a permeable medium; leakage.
    • n leak A gutter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Natural gas has no smell. The odor is artificially added so that people will be able to identify leaks and take measures to stop them.
    • n Leak lēk a crack or hole in a vessel through which liquid may pass: the oozing of any fluid through an opening
    • v.i Leak to let any fluid into or out of a vessel through a leak
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “We must have infinite faith in each other. If we have not, we must never let it leak out that we have not.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “We seldom lose our faith by a blow out, usually is just a slow leak.”
  • James Reston
    James Reston
    “A government is the only vessel that leaks from the top.”
  • James Reston
    James Reston
    “The ship of state is the only known vessel that leaks from the top.”
  • Proverb
    “Three things drive a man outdoors; smoke, a leaking roof and a scolding wife.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to D. lek, leaky, a leak, G. leck, Icel. lekr, leaky, Dan. læk, leaky, a leak, Sw. läck,; cf. AS. hlec, full of cracks or leaky. Cf. Leak (v.)


In literature:

As I have said, the designs of these lads had leaked out, and, as a consequence, the owner of the mill was prepared.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
It was his doleful surmise that she leaked where the pounding spars overside had started the butts.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
The leak was noticed then.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
Another Russian had a foul arm which leaked badly so that it was not only painful to him but offensive to the rest of us.
"The Escape of a Princess Pat" by George Pearson
An ugly story leaked out.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
The vessel leaked in all directions, the stern especially was much strained by the rudder.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Gordon followed, and at the second plunge both reported having found a leak.
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
We've been creeping about her ribs all the better part of the morning, but we cannot discover the leak.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
At eight, the leak did not seem to increase.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
No doubt, information had leaked concerning the assembling of all these latest model planes.
"Air Service Boys Flying for Victory" by Charles Amory Beach
A law-term for the starting of a butt end, or springing a fatal leak.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
The gold is leaking out.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
If that leak is to be blocked, the men will have to be quick.
"The Windy Hill" by Cornelia Meigs
She therefore gave Ned Dempster a few directions how to remedy the leak.
"The Captain's Bunk" by M. B. Manwell
Schoenstrom tended to leak off into jungles of tall corn.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
It's all nonsense about the ship's leaking.
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
Something of Alexander's secret diplomacy must have leaked out, but he appeared unmoved.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The air, however, is not a perfect insulator and the charge will gradually leak off.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
The inside of the box should be painted to prevent warping and leaking.
"Primary Handwork" by Ella Victoria Dobbs

In poetry:

Then, if some thought or other
Should leak out,
It may assist a brother,
And ease a doubt.
"Life’s Struggle" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
It was not in the battle;
No tempest gave the shock;
She sprang no fatal leak;
She ran upon no rock:
"On The Loss Of The "Royal George"" by William Cowper
And these were orphan'd when a leak was sprung
Far out from land when all the air was balm;
The shipmen saw their faces as they hung,
And sank in the glassy calm.
"Kismet" by Jean Ingelow
"Stick to each other through thick and thin;
All the closer as age leaks in;
Squalls will blow and clouds will frown,
But stay by your ship till you all go down!"
"The Old Cruiser" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
But when autumn approaches with rain and cloud
and the roof leaks and there’s moth in the heart
and the desolate world sinks, sullen, in mire,
then merciful brother, leave me alone.
"On A Summer’s Day" by Hayyim Nahman Bialik
The Storm swoops down, and he blows--and blows,--
While I drum on his swollen cheek,
And croak in his angered eye that glows
With the lurid lightning's streak;
While the rushes drown in the watery frown
That his bursting passions leak.
"The Frog" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Defense contends that bile leaks can occur in absence of negligence.
It is, I am sure, the recipient of more leaks and special access than any other news medium.
Romney surrogate accuses administration of 'another national security leak'.
This image from video provided by BP PLC Monday, June 7, 2010 shows the oil leak out of the well head around the capping device in the Gulf of Mexico.
Search for radiation leak continues.
Water department employees replaced one failed meter, repaired two water leaks and performed 38 work orders.
Leak Offers Glimpse of Campaign Against Climate Science.
Extensive R&D has brought about many design improvements, including leak-free fittings.
What would Washington do without leaks.
Double up to contain leaks.
The documents, a series of 2002 British memos about President Bush making the case to go to war in Iraq, were recently leaked to the media.
Drake likes chicken wings, sour Gummi Bears, veggie lasagna and lots of booze, according to a leaked document that lists the 'Take Care' rapper's dressing room requirements.
Dripping , leaking freezer.
Prevent data leaks from portable devices.
Washington, D.C.-Lawmakers looking into the explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico say a crucial piece of safety equipment had a leak.

In science:

If OB radiation leaked from sites of star formation is not an important heating source for the colder component then the distribution of older stars and diffuse dust must be responsible for any changes in Tc .
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
This speeds up the protocol without leaking the information of the passwords since they are masked with random numbers r2 (or r1 ).
Pretty-Simple Password-Authenticated Key-Exchange Protocol
Since phase information has leaked from the system part, the interference information contained in Eq. (5) is only partial.
Generalization of geometric phase to completely positive maps
Thus the resonator mode would leak out of a typical square during the time τl = l/c, where l is the mean free path.
Universal Fluctuations of the Random Lasing Threshold in a Sample of a Finite Area
The quantum probability leaking into these regions by quantum tunneling is still negligibly small.
Quantum error correction of coherent errors by randomization
The heat leak through the container walls can be neglected because of the huge thermal resistance (Kapitza resistance) of solid-liquid interfaces at very low temperatures.
MACHe3, a prototype for non-baryonic dark matter search: KeV event detection and multicell correlation
The electrons leak out from the original pixel and create saturated columns, or readout spikes, extending from the saturated pixel.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
Privacy amplification –a necessary step– applied to the shared bits discards information eventually leaked to the attacker and defines the final shared length of secure bits.
Noise Secured Internet
Privacy amplification randomly reduce the number of bits to eliminate possible information leaked to Eve. A and B are able to share a large number of random sequences R ≫ K0 before the bit reconciliation and privacy amplification steps severely shorten the length L of the sequences.
Noise Secured Internet
These modes have an eigenfrequency and decay by leaking to the outside world.
Intrinsic fluctuations in random lasers
Continuous recirculation of the liquid through the purifier during normal operation is used to keep the lifetime stable (against micro-leaks and out-gassing) [63, 67, 71].
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
The average value of these variables is a good estimator of how much energy is leaking on average.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
In the low density region the traveler particles leak out of the domain at one end and later rejoin it at the other end.
Statistical Behavior Of Domain Systems
Value ∆Hk = 1/2 is the limiting case where the two bases cannot be distinguished. ∆Hk deviations from this limiting value of 1/2 indicates that some amount of information on the basis used may potentially be leaking to the attacker.
Secure sharing of random bits over the Internet
The leak estimate given by Eq. (19) do not imply that the information actually has leaked to the attacker.
Secure sharing of random bits over the Internet