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Definitions of leech

  1. draw blood; " In the old days, doctors routinely bled patients as part of the treatment"
  2. carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end
  3. a follower who hangs around a host ( without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
  4. See 2d Leach.
  5. See Leach, v. t.
  6. The border or edge at the side of a sail.
  7. A physician or surgeon; a professor of the art of healing.
  8. Any one of numerous genera and species of annulose worms, belonging to the order Hirudinea, or Bdelloidea, esp. those species used in medicine, as Hirudo medicinalis of Europe, and allied species.
  9. A glass tube of peculiar construction, adapted for drawing blood from a scarified part by means of a vacuum.
  10. To treat as a surgeon; to doctor; as, to leech wounds.
  11. To bleed by the use of leeches.
  12. A worm furnished with a sucker, used in medicine for sucking blood; formerly, the name for a physician; one who gets all he can out of another.
  13. A worm found in water, used for bleeding purposes.
  14. A physician: a blood- sucking worm.
  15. To apply leeches to.
  16. A blood- sucking aquatic worm.
  17. To bleed with leeches; treat with medicine; heal.
  18. An aquatic worm used for drawing blood; bloodsucker.
  19. The edge of a square sail.
  20. A blood- sucking aquatic worm, of several genera; a physician.
  21. The border or edge of a sail, which is sloping or perpendicular.
  22. To bleed with leeches; to heal.
  23. Formerly the name of a physician; an aquatic worm of several species, one of which is employed to suck blood from diseased parts; the border or edge of a sail.
  24. To draw blood by leeches.
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Usage examples for leech

  1. In a Punch of 1855, Leech drew a railway- platform scene wherein figures one of those precocious youngsters of a type he loved to draw. – The Social History of Smoking by G. L. Apperson
  2. Preoccupied, Amber hardly heard, and passed on; but the native stuck leech like to his side. – The Bronze Bell by Louis Joseph Vance
  3. Mr. Dawson may be very much more clever than the Scottish leech but I doubt if even he can minister to the mind that is diseased. – Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  4. Is that your leech thing, Professor Micheals? – The Leech by Phillips Barbee
  5. I never saw such a leech – Flamsted quarries by Mary E. Waller
  6. Last night, when Percy said he thought he'd sell his ranch, Dinky- Dunk looked up from his paper- littered desk and told him to hang on to that land like a leech – The Prairie Wife by Arthur Stringer
  7. In excuse I plead that the life of Leech as I knew it from its early days was, like that of most artists, entirely devoid of such incidents as would interest the public; and that from the difficulty of acquiring certain information, and the varying times at which it was supplied, chronological accuracy was impossible. – John Leech, His Life and Work. Vol. 1 by William Powell Frith
  8. Yet he stuck to his subject like a leech as if it had been one in which he had an engrossing personal interest. – The Beetle A Mystery by Richard Marsh
  9. It's the finest leech in the world- takes all the bad blood out. – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  10. Meanwhile the leech had visited good Marcus Bork, who was much easier after his wounds were dressed, and promised to do well, to the great joy of their Graces; and Dinnies Kleist went to the stable to see after his horse, there being so many there, in consequence of this gathering of envoys, that he feared they might fight. – Sidonia The Sorceress V1 by William Mienhold
  11. And once, I was practically certain that something was on the royal- yard, moving in to the mast; as though, you know, it might have come up the leech of the sail. – The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson
  12. There was no leech in hand, and long before the priest of Lorgnac came it was all over. – The Heart of Denise and Other Tales by S. (Sidney) Levett-Yeats
  13. I began, with a sorry show of dignity, while my palm stuck like a leech against his lips. – Montlivet by Alice Prescott Smith
  14. My cloak, thou horse- leech – Under the Rose by Frederic Stewart Isham
  15. It was a relief to me to learn from the leech that she had been ailing for some time, and that in any case the end must have come soon. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  16. The woman of modern times is not a " leech but she might often keep the " leech from the door, if she would give herself the trouble to invent innocent sauces. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  17. " Hard to believe," Trigger observed, " that a sort of leech looking thing could distinguish between people." – Legacy by James H Schmitz
  18. " Sticking to us like a leech was the terse reply. – The Box with the Broken Seals by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  19. " Flourishing," replied the leech – The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates