- The definition of a leech is a type of worm found in water or in wet areas with a strong sucker on both ends of its body which it uses to suck blood from its hosts, or a person who attaches themselves to another person like a parasite.
- An example of a leech is a flat black worm that sticks to you in a swamp.
- An example of a leech is someone who befriends a elderly person in order to get their money.
- To leech is defined as to get a file on a file sharing site that is being hosted by another user without allowing your file to be copied at the same time.
An example of to leech is to download a movie on IsoHunt without sharing it to other users to download.
- To leech means to cling to something or take all that thing has.
An example of to leech is for a loan shark to take the money of someone who defaults on a loan.
A single leech.
leech definition by Webster's New World
- Archaic a physician
- any of a subclass (Hirudinea) of mostly flattened, annelid worms living in water or wet earth and having a well-developed sucker at each end: most are bloodsuckers, and one species (Hirudo medicinalis) has been used in medicine, esp. in former times, to bleed patients
- a person who clings to another to gain some personal advantage; parasite
Origin: Middle English leche ; from Old English læce, akin to Old High German lāhhi, Gothic lēkeis, magician, healer, Old English lacnian, to heal, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form le-, collect, gather together from source Classical Latin lex (see legal); leechsense is supposedly same word (from use in medicine), but Old English (Kentish) lyce, Middle English liche, Middle Dutch lieke suggest different word assimilated by folk etymology
- Obsolete to heal
- to apply leeches to; bleed with leeches
- to cling to (another) as a parasite; drain dry
- the after edge of a fore-and-aft sail
- either of the vertical edges of a square sail
Origin: Late Middle English lyche, akin to Old Norse lik ; from Dutch lijk, boltrope ; from Indo-European base an unverified form lei-, to bind, fasten from source Classical Latin ligare, to tie
leech definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Any of various chiefly aquatic bloodsucking or carnivorous annelid worms of the class Hirudinea, of which one species (Hirudo medicinalis) was formerly used by physicians to bleed patients and is now sometimes used as a temporary aid to circulation during surgical reattachment of a body part.
- One that preys on or clings to another; a parasite.
- Archaic A physician.
- To bleed with leeches.
- To drain the essence or exhaust the resources of.
Origin: Middle English leche, physician, leech, from Old English lǣce; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
- Either vertical edge of a square sail.
- The after edge of a fore-and-aft sail.
Origin: Middle English leche, probably from Middle Low German līk, leech line; see leig- in Indo-European roots.
leech - Computer Definition
Refers to people who download more BitTorrent content than they upload. Contrast with "seeds," which are people who are uploading the full file or folder. A "peer" is someone currently downloading and uploading parts of the file. See BitTorrent.
leech - Medical Definition