from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various chiefly aquatic bloodsucking or carnivorous annelid worms of the class Hirudinea, of which one species (Hirudo medicinalis) was formerly used by physicians to bleed patients and is now sometimes used as a temporary aid to circulation during surgical reattachment of a body part.
- n. One that preys on or clings to another; a parasite.
- n. Archaic A physician.
- transitive v. To bleed with leeches.
- transitive v. To drain the essence or exhaust the resources of.
- intransitive v. To attach oneself to another in the manner of a leech.
- n. Nautical Either vertical edge of a square sail.
- n. Nautical The after edge of a fore-and-aft sail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An aquatic blood-sucking annelid of class Hirudinea, especially Hirudo medicinalis.
- n. A person who derives profit from others, in a parasitic fashion.
- v. To apply a leech medicinally, so that it sucks blood from the patient.
- v. To drain (resources) without giving back.
- n. A physician.
- n. A healer.
- n. The vertical edge of a square sail.
- n. The aft edge of a triangular sail.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See 2d leach.
- transitive v. See leach, v. t.
- n. The border or edge at the side of a sail.
- n. A physician or surgeon; a professor of the art of healing.
- n. 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.
- n. A glass tube of peculiar construction, adapted for drawing blood from a scarified part by means of a vacuum.
- transitive v. To treat as a surgeon; to doctor.
- transitive v. To bleed by the use of leeches.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A physician; a medical practitioner; a professor of the art of healing.
- To treat with medicaments; heal; doctor.
- n. An aquatic, more or less parasitic, and blood-sucking worm; a suctorial or discophorous annelid of the order Hirudinea.
- n. Figuratively, one who, as it were, sucks the blood or steals the substance of his victim, or persistently holds on for sordid gain.
- To apply leeches to, for the purpose of bleeding.
- n. Nautical, the perpendicular or sloping edge of a sail.
- n. See leach.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
- n. carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end
- v. draw blood
Middle English leche, physician, leech, from Old English lǣce.
Middle English leche, probably from Middle Low German līk, leech line.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English leche ("blood-sucking worm"), from Old English lǣċe ("blood-sucking worm"), akin to Middle Dutch lāke ("blood-sucking worm") (Dutch laak). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English leche ("physician"), from Old English lǣċe ("doctor, physician"), from Proto-Germanic *lēkijaz (“doctor”), from Proto-Indo-European *lēg(')- (“doctor”). Cognate with Old Frisian lētza ("physician"), Old Saxon lāki ("physician"), Old High German lāhhi ("doctor, healer"), Danish læge ("doctor, surgeon"), Gothic 𐌻𐌴𐌺𐌴𐌹𐍃 (lekeis, "physician"), Old Irish líaig ("exorcist, doctor"). (Wiktionary)
Middle English lek, leche, lyche, from Old Norse lík ("leechline"), from Proto-Germanic *līkan (compare West Frisian lyk ("band"), Dutch lijk ("boltrope"), Middle High German geleich ("joint, limb")), from Proto-Indo-European *leiĝ- ‘to bind’ (compare Latin ligō ("tie, bind"), Ukrainian налигати (nalýhaty, "to bridle, fetter"), Albanian lidh ("to bind")). (Wiktionary)