Backformation from lecher
(slang) A strong, lecherous desire or craving.
(slang) A lecher.
The capstone of a cromlech.
From (etyl) (Dutch laak).
An aquatic blood-sucking annelid of class Hirudinea, especially .
* 2003 , William W. Johnstone, The Last Of The Dog Team , page 195
A person who derives profit from others, in a parasitic fashion.
* 2000 , Ray Garmon, The Man Who Just Didn't Care , page 20
- The leech on his leg had swelled to more than five inches long, puffed and swollen on his blood.
* 2006 , D. L. Harman, A State of Nine One One , page 106
- 'Wrecked his body and his mind, no use to hisself or his family or nobody, just a leech on society'.
(medicine, dated) A glass tube designed for drawing blood from a scarified part by means of a vacuum.
- At this point, I felt this man was a leech . I suspected that he had spent a lifetime living off the good will of women that he met.
* (person who lives as a parasite) parasite, sponger, bloodsucker, vampire
To apply a leech medicinally, so that it sucks blood from the patient.
* 2003 , George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords
To drain (resources) without giving back.
- The poppy made him sleep and while he slept they leeched him to drain off the bad blood.
* 1992', ''AfricAsia'' ' 2 (1): 12
- Bert leeched hundreds of files from the BBS, but never uploaded anything in return.
- Guinea is also blocking Strasser's efforts to stop illegal fishing in Sierra Leone's territorial waters and the smuggling of gold and diamonds, which leech hundreds of millions of dollars from the country's economy.
Do not confuse this verb with the verb leach.
* (to drain resources) drain
From (etyl) .
(archaic) A physician.
* 1663 , (Hudibras) , by Samuel Butler, part 1,
* 1992 , Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety , Harper Perennial 2007, p. 11:
- Thus virtuous Orsin was endued / With learning, conduct, fortitude / Incomparable; and as the prince / Of poets, Homer, sung long since, / A skilful leech is better far, / Than half a hundred men of war [...]
(paganism, Heathenry) A healer.
* 1900 , Augustus Henry Keane, Man, Past and Present , The University Press (Cambridge)
- He coughed sputum stained with blood, and a scraping, crackling noise came from his chest, quite audible to anyone in the room. ‘Lungs possibly not too good,’ the leech said.
* 1996', Swain Wodening, “Scandinavian Craft Lesson 6: Runic Divination”, ''Theod Magazine'' ' 3 (4)
- Their functions are threefold, those of the medicine-man (the leech , or healer by supernatural means); of the soothsayer (the prophet through communion with the invisible world); and of the priest, especially in his capacity as exorcist
* 2003 , Brian Froud and Ari Berk, The Runes of Elfland , Pavillion Books, ISBN 1 86205 647 1, page 22
- In ancient times runesters were a specialized class separate from that of the witch or ordinary spell caster (much as the other specialists such as the leech or healer and the seithkona were different from a witch), and even today many believe it takes years of training to become adept at using the runes in spell work.
* 2004 , Runic John, The Book of Seithr , Capall Bann Publishing, ISBN 186163 299 0, page 282
- "Leech? " "Not another doctor".
(medicine) A glass tube adapted for drawing blood from a scarified part by means of a vacuum.
- There are many kinds of "Leech " or "healer" as there are healing techniques, some are more powerful than others and some are very specific to certain illnesses and complaints; some use potions and unguents, others crystals and stones, others galdr and some work their healing from within the hidden realms themselves.
* (physician) barber, doctor, physician
* (healer in Heathenry) healer
(etyl) lek, leche, lyche, from (etyl) ).
(nautical) The vertical edge of a square sail.
* 1984 , Sven Donaldson, A Sailor's Guide to Sails , page 130
(nautical) The aft edge of a triangular sail.
* 2004 , Gary Jobson, Gary Jobson's Championship Sailing , page 176
- To help combat these problems, almost all sailmakers trim the leeches' of their headsails to a hollow or concave profile and enclose a LEECHLINE within the ' leech tabling.
- Trim the leech of the jib parallel to the main by watching the slot between the mainsail and the jib.
* leech line
* (parts of a sail)