Business / Agriculture / Leaching: The process by which chemicals are dissolved and transported through the soil by percolating water. Pesticides and nutrients from fertilizers or manures may leach from fields, areas of spills, or feedlots and thereby enter surface water, groundwater, or soil. Leaching from concentrated sources such as waste sites and loading areas vulnerable to spills can be prevented by paving or containment with a liner of relatively impermeable material designed to keep leachate inside a treatment pond, landfill, or a tailings disposal area. Liner materials include plastic and dense clay.
Entertainment / Literature / Semantic Bleaching: The process by which a word loses all its original meaning--a phenomenon quite common in toponyms and personal names. For instance, few English speakers think of 'Red People' when they hear the topony MORE
Health / Dentistry / Bleaching: The technique of applying a chemical agent, usually hydrogen peroxide, to the teeth to whiten them. MORE