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.
- 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. See leach, v. t.
- transitive v. To treat as a surgeon; to doctor.
- transitive v. To bleed by the use of leeches.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To treat with medicaments; heal; doctor.
- To apply leeches to, for the purpose of bleeding.
- n. A physician; a medical practitioner; a professor of the art of healing.
- 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.
- 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
And Dick Cheney, you fuckin leech, tell them your plans
New research sponsored by the National Science Foundation shows that the well-known medicinal leech is actually comprised up at least 3 different species.
I knew Michael Kelly, who was the first journalist to die in Iraq, and I can tell you he was NOT a "leech" -- and I can assure he was not doing it for his personal enrichment.
He saps their intelligence from them like a brain leech.
Havelok, that he might call a leech to heal his wounds, for if the stranger merchant should live Jarl Ubbe would without fail dub him knight; and when the leech had seen the wounds he said the patient would make a good and quick recovery.
Rustem exerted every muscle to shake off his opponent; but the leech was the stronger, for the Masdakite was weakened by fever and loss of blood.
The temple where, in the fore-court, Paaker was waiting, and where the priest had disappeared to call the leech, was called the "House of Seti"
Rustem exerted every muscle to shake off his opponent; but the leech was the stronger, for the
Donald's first name is bloodsucker, last name leech.
Some ran to call a leech; and some ran to lift the slain;