Definition of leakage in US English:



  • 1The accidental admission or escape of a fluid or gas through a hole or crack.

    ‘we're saving water by reducing leakage’
    ‘there have been no leakages of radioactive material’
    • ‘Programmed to move along a pre-determined path around the reactor or industrial unit, the robot sports a gas detector to sense leakages, and an ultrasonic sensor to detect obstacles in its path.’
    • ‘Water and sewage leakages also create traffic congestion as the roads become potholed.’
    • ‘Improvements which have cut leakages from the system by more than 40 per cent had contributed to its ability to cope with the lack of rainfall, he added.’
    • ‘Harnessing such water requires relatively large initial outlays and can pose an environmental hazard because of potential brine leakage into the source aquifer.’
    • ‘A camera-studded electronic submarine has inspected the forty-five miles stretch of the aqueduct and will help to determine if the water leakages will affect the life span of the giant tunnel.’
    • ‘This project was aimed at identifying leakages which would reduce both water pilferage and contamination.’
    • ‘For example, if somebody has urge incontinence and tries to cut down on fluids to cut down on leakage, they may actually end up with more urgency.’
    • ‘Water leakages had been reduced dramatically.’
    • ‘Disclosure of pan leakage is vital information to a home buyer, and such considerations clearly outweigh the risks and inconveniences of water testing.’
    • ‘The discovery of the pipeline leakage was as follows.’
    • ‘He drew a picture to illustrate the problem: leakages in toilets not only caused bad smells but allowed bacteria and viruses to contaminate the air inside the apartments.’
    • ‘Millions of litres of water are unaccounted for every month in Johannesburg because of leakages in pipe networks or through leaking taps and fixtures in homes.’
    • ‘Members are reminded to conserve water during the dry weather and be alert for leakages and report them to the area representative.’
    • ‘The pipeline failed because of the leakages at the six leak sites.’
    • ‘Any discontinuities through the metal forming the wall of the casting, however small, are potential sources of leakage.’
    • ‘Gas alarms can detect leakages 95 per cent of the time.’
    • ‘If moisture still is present and there is a chance of leakage, the sealed clothing bags should be placed inside a larger paper bag with the top of the second bag left open.’
    • ‘He said he believed that the cracks and the water leakages were caused by " internal structural problems’.’
    • ‘All businesses using formalin are required to ensure there are no leakages of the cancer-causing chemical, which is mostly used to preserve corpses or as a disinfectant.’
    • ‘Postoperative air leakage is the most frequent complication after lung surgery, regardless of whether an operation is performed by thoracotomy or by use of endoscopic techniques.’
    1. 1.1Physics The gradual escape of an electric charge or current, or magnetic flux.
      • ‘Non-destructive testing services also will be available, including eddy current, flux leakage and ultrasonic inspection.’
      • ‘Current leakage and direct coupling when an energized metal active electrode tip comes in contact with another metal instrument or object potentially can damage or cause injury to the device or tissues.’
      • ‘The leakage current wastes power, draining the battery used by mobile devices.’
      • ‘Their use is not recommended for many reasons, including electrical current leakage.’
      • ‘Negative charge is generally carried to the surface by leakage currents and lightning strikes beneath clouds.’
      discharge, leaking, oozing, seeping, seepage, drip, percolation
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    2. 1.2 Deliberate disclosure of confidential information.
      • ‘I trust him, and I think he's very smart to then leave it up to the prosecutors to make sure they get their conviction, because cases can be lost on too much publicity and too much leakage from the beginning.’
      • ‘Also, it's possible for some recording equipment to pick up extraneous signals - radio signals, for example, or signal leakage from other nearby sources.’
      • ‘I look forward to seeing those results, especially if the controls on information leakage can be tightened up.’
      • ‘A recent survey ranked confidential information leakage as the major content issue facing corporations, after spam.’
      • ‘Investors have very little hard facts to look at when choosing one fund over another and more detailed information about the total leakage you can expect for all costs is an excellent place to start.’
      • ‘Even if you can persuade yourself your own people aren't going to be a source of leakage of either readers or technical data, are you seriously going to trust everybody out there?’
      • ‘This suggests that market reaction was dissipated quickly and that no leakage of information occurred prior to the event.’
      • ‘I think it needs to be said right from the outset that the Metropolitan Police has a problem with information leakage.’
      • ‘Researchers at Imperial College, London are developing mathematical and programming techniques to better assess the extent that systems prevent the leakage of confidential information.’
      • ‘Any company fears leakage of trade secrets and office politics.’
      • ‘Thus, the system improves efficiency and arrests leakage of revenue through theft, pilferage etc.’
      • ‘In conducting such home visits, there is a risk of leakage of information about the individual's decision to participate in the trial to the family and other community members.’
      • ‘Just in terms of people phoning up their relatives and friends in the West and asking them what's happening, or travelling to and fro, there is some obviously leakage of information into the East.’
      • ‘This is a potentially huge source of digital leakage and widespread copying right smack in the heart of the living room.’
      • ‘By not revealing carrier status to those who have been screened, it minimizes the negative impact on self-image, as well as the potential for leakage of the information to others.’
      • ‘But it is a difficult world in that sense, and the leakage of information is, as I said earlier on, one of our key strategic concerns.’
      • ‘Should you have reasons to reject this offer, please destroy this mail, as any leakage of this information will be too bad for us.’
      • ‘Any messages that breach regulations or corporate policy - including theft or leakage of intellectual property - are flagged for review and blocked before they are sent.’
      • ‘Although recent reductions in the price of these drugs are welcome, the rapid increase in legal distribution will inevitably increase illegal leakage into the private sector.’
      • ‘And even that never would have happened if not for the fact that California has a law requiring disclosure of leakage of personal information.’
      publishing, broadcasting
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