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English Dictionary: leech by the DICT Development Group
7 results for leech
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end
    Synonym(s): leech, bloodsucker, hirudinean
  2. a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
    Synonym(s): leech, parasite, sponge, sponger
  1. draw blood; "In the old days, doctors routinely bled patients as part of the treatment"
    Synonym(s): bleed, leech, phlebotomize, phlebotomise
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Leech \Leech\, n. [OE. leche, l[91]che, physician, AS.
      l[aemac]ce; akin to Fries. l[emac]tza, OHG. l[be]hh[c6],
      Icel. l[91]knari, Sw. l[84]kare, Dan. l[91]ge, Goth.
      l[emac]keis, AS. l[be]cnian to heal, Sw. l[84]ka, Dan.
      l[91]ge, Icel. l[91]kna, Goth. l[emac]kin[omac]n.]
      1. A physician or surgeon; a professor of the art of healing.
            [Written also {leach}.] [Archaic] --Spenser.
                     Leech, heal thyself.                           --Wyclif (Luke
                                                                              iv. 23).
      2. (Zo[94]l.) Any one of numerous genera and species of
            annulose worms, belonging to the order {Hirudinea}, or
            Bdelloidea, esp. those species

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Leech \Leech\ (l[emac]ch), n.
      See 2d {Leach}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Leech \Leech\, v. t.
      See {Leach}, v. t.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Leech \Leech\, n. [Cf. LG. leik, Icel. l[c6]k, Sw. lik boltrope,
      st[aring]ende liken the leeches.] (Naut.)
      The border or edge at the side of a sail. [Written also
      {Leech line}, a line attached to the leech ropes of sails,
            passing up through blocks on the yards, to haul the
            leeches by. --Totten.
      {Leech rope}, that part of the boltrope to which the side of
            a sail is sewed.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Leech \Leech\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Leeched} (l[emac]cht); p.
      pr. & vb. n. {Leeching}.]
      1. To treat as a surgeon; to doctor; as, to leech wounds.
      2. To bleed by the use of leeches.

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   leech n.   Among BBS types, crackers and {warez d00dz}, one who
   consumes knowledge without generating new software, cracks, or
   techniques.   BBS culture specifically defines a leech as someone who
   downloads files with few or no uploads in return, and who does not
   contribute to the message section.   Cracker culture extends this
   definition to someone (a {lamer}, usually) who constantly presses
   informed sources for information and/or assistance, but has nothing
   to contribute.
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