Meaning of LEAK in English

I. verb


a gas leak (= an escape of gas through a hole in something )

If you suspect a gas leak, do not strike a match or even turn on an electric light.

a leaking/leaky tap (= with drops of water coming from the end )

The leaky tap had left a stain in the washbasin.

a leaky/leaking roof (= one that lets rain in )

We needed to fix the leaky roof.

a pipe leaks

He complained that a water pipe was leaking in his hotel room.

a radiation leak

A radiation leak occurred at a Russian nuclear power station.

leak a story (= secretly tell a reporter about it )

We may never know who leaked the story to the press.

leak sth to the press (= give them secret information in an unofficial way )

The confidential report was leaked to the press.




Saunders' body was twitching violently as his blood leaked out in dying jets, slicking the walkway.

But one thing that worries me is the way information about the sortie has leaked out .

The agreement leaked out and Inoue was forced to resign in July 1887.

The two men wondered if most of the oil somehow leaked out of the field over time.

Often, some of the fertilizer leaks out and its recipients respond.

You stand frozen in your tracks, a little blood leaks out your mouth, and you topple over in the snow.

On Friday the share price of Pearl Group rose 44p to 552p as news of the bid began to leak out .

Well, apparently the word leaked out .



Whoever leaked the secret document to the residents is clearly against it.

It is often a crime to leak classified documents , grand jury testimony or secret reports, but not to receive them.

There are more effective ways to leak a document .

She said she believed the memo was genuine, in part because other leaked documents had proved to be bona fide.


Civil servants who leak information are criticised by politicians for a breach of trust.

The suggestion is that MI5 officers may be leaking some of the information .

He added that the penalties against leaking confidential information were severe.


The news leaked out last weekend, and pressure has mounted on the justice minister, Oliviero Diliberto, to investigate.

A few crumbs of news leaked through.

A few will leave during the day. News may later leak out that they were spies.

No sooner had the news leaked out than my telephone started ringing.

They were getting worried that news was leaking out.


It is the first time the fraud squad has been directly accused of leaking the report .

In fact, she was referring only to his denials of having leaked the report .


To add insult to injury the roof leaked .

The roof leaked , and the front porch was falling off.

The roof leaks dreadfully so you can not move for falling over old galvanized buckets of rainwater.

The build-up of ice on roofs is also creating leaks that threaten internal wiring and pose a fire hazard.

And he had water, as well, since the thatch roof was leaking badly in several places.

This house has a roof that leaks .

Porous state My slate roof is leaking through general wear.

The roofs leaked , the grass died, and the fences were torn down.


He saw the weird underworld life for himself, and heard the horrible drip of water leaking through.

Six minutes later more water started leaking through the top right-hand corner of another window.

I hurried up to the loft, hoping the water tank wasn't leaking , but it wasn't.

And when the soles got so thin that water would leak in, Kresge would line his shoes with old newspapers.

An agitated businessman at the other end of the line complained that a water pipe was leaking in his hotel room.

The problem-solving sessions began to generate ideas for fixing problems such as water leaks and glass breakage.

It would have been perfect if half a gallon of water had not leaked into my rolled-up sleeping-bag.

Great pale splotches appeared on the once-shining parquet floor where water had leaked in and stood in puddles.


A man was charged today with leaking official secrets.

I think the fuel tank is leaking.

Information on the merger had been leaked to the press.

Someone at the Pentagon leaked a letter from the Secretary of Defense.

The Congressman was furious that the report had been leaked.

The contents of the fax were leaked to the press

The roof always leaks when it rains.

They found the pipe that was leaking chlorine.

Water was leaking from a pipe in the bathroom.

Yoghurt had leaked out of the pot all over my lunchbox.


But once the adrenalin spurts back into your system it will not gently leak away.

Is it doing anything strange, such as leaking, making noises or not keeping water as hot as it used to?

Its Woosterish appearance conceals some white-hot technology, such as an airtight ink-chamber which is guaranteed not to leak in an aircraft cabin.

The Ecuadorean tanker Jessica started leaking diesel oil after running aground last week.

The roof leaked, and the front porch was falling off.

Then a buttery glow leaking from horizon to horizon, flooding the mesas and outcrop rock of the high desert.

II. noun




The transporters are designed to withstand accidents and until recently the Govenrment ruled out any possibility of a radioactive leak .

The events included radioactive leaks , unplanned shutdowns and component failures, as well as vandalism, drug abuse and unauthorized use of firearms.



Vote paves way, page 2 News in brief: Ferries held up by gas leak .

Forcing independent gas suppliers to respond to gas leaks reported to them.

The victim was slumped over a freezer where he had been searching for a gas leak .

But firemen confirmed the blast at 3.42am was caused by a gas leak from a water heater.

The first reactor was closed down for repairs earlier this year after a gas leak .

Delicate arrangements are required to maintain the controlled gas leak and these are prone to wear and maintenance problems.

That was the occasion when a gas leak caused an explosion which wrecked an entire tenement.

But responding to Nathan Bryce's flirting was about as wise as striking matches to find a gas leak .


His immediate reaction was that there was an oil leak .


The council has put an emergency radiation leak plan on its website which reads like a throwback to the Cold War.

They stressed, however, that there had been no radiation leak at the plant, which is of the Chernobyl type.

They did not cause any radiation leaks and posed no danger to the environment.

In all, 1.3 million people have been registered as suffering from diseases related to the radiation leak .


spring a leak

An old galvanised iron cistern is liable to spring a leak eventually.

If it is partly submerged, it has sprung a leak and filled with water.

If the cooling system sprang a leak pilots had to land and mend the pipe with chewing gum and insulation tape.

Water supplies to Bristol were threatened in 1990 when the Gloucester Sharpness canal sprang a leak and temporary pipelines had to installed.


A leak was discovered in the cooling system.

The boat had sprung a leak and it was sinking fast.

The scandal began with a leak to "The Times".

The water pressure's right down - there must be a leak in the pipe.

White House officials are anxious to find the person responsible for the leak .


Decaying steelwork and water leaks have weakened the tunnel structures, and many stations are in need of major refurbishment.

Forcing independent gas suppliers to respond to gas leaks reported to them.

I think you know how obsessed George Bush is about leaks.

People whose roofs have been sound for decades are now looking at major leaks.

Usually the origin of the leaks and the motives behind them were easy enough to trace.

Vote paves way, page 2 News in brief: Ferries held up by gas leak .

Waterproofness: no leaks even during heavy downpours.

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