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Definition of "leachate" []

  • A product or solution formed by leaching, especially a solution containing contaminants picked up through the leaching of soil. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "leachate" in a sentence
  • "As recently as May 12 of this year, Monroe "Monty" Branstad, was fined $17,000 for violating Iowa's environmental laws from an August 2008 incident that illegally discharged sweet corn silage leachate from a containment basin on Branstad's 1,100 head cattle operation near Forest City, Iowa."
  • "According to the authors, "The study presents extensive data that show that heavy metal concentrations in leachate and landfill gas are generally far below the limits that have been established to protect human health and the environment.""
  • "While the city has great hopes for the land, which it plans to build in phases over the next 30 years among them as a destination for mountain-biking, trail-running, and horseback-riding, the mounds that comprise the park are so far dotted not with fountains, such as the Bethesda Fountain, but with well-heads to collect the decomposing gases, and treatment plants where something called leachate is rendered harmless and released into Arthur Kill ."