Pronunciation: (lēch),[key] —n. 1. any bloodsucking or carnivorous aquatic or terrestrial worm of the class Hirudinea, certain freshwater species of which were formerly much used in medicine for bloodletting.
2. a person who clings to another for personal gain, esp. without giving anything in return, and usually with the implication or effect of exhausting the other's resources; parasite.
3. Archaic.an instrument used for drawing blood.
—v.t. 1. to apply leeches to, so as to bleed.
2. to cling to and feed upon or drain, as a leech: His relatives leeched him until his entire fortune was exhausted. 3. Archaic.to cure; heal.
—v.i. to hang on to a person in the manner of a leech: She leeched on to him for dear life.
Pronunciation: (lēch),[key] —n.Archaic. a physician.
Pronunciation: (lēch),[key] —n.Naut. 1. either of the lateral edges of a square sail.
2. the after edge of a fore-and-aft sail. See diag. under sail.Also,leach.
Pronunciation: (lēch),[key] —n. Margaret, 1893–1974, U.S. historian, novelist, and biographer.