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leak



Pronunciation: (lēk), [key]
n.
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. Elect.the loss of current from a conductor, usually resulting from poor insulation.
5. a disclosure of secret, esp. official, information, as to the news media, by an unnamed source.
6. take a leak, Slang (vulgar). to urinate.

v.i.
1. to let a liquid, gas, light, etc., enter or escape, as through an unintended hole or crack: The boat leaks.
2. to pass in or out in this manner, as liquid, gas, or light: gas leaking from a pipe.
3. to become known unintentionally (usually fol. by out): The news leaked out.
4. to disclose secret, esp. official, information anonymously, as to the news media: The official revealed that he had leaked to the press in the hope of saving his own reputation.

v.t.
1. to let (liquid, gas, light, etc.) enter or escape: This camera leaks light.
2. to allow to become known, as information given out covertly: to leak the news of the ambassador's visit.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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