Drench Drench, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Drenched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Drenching}.] [AS. drencan to give to drink, to drench, the causal of drincan to drink; akin to D. drenken, Sw. dr["a]nka, G. tr["a]nken. See {Drink}.] 1. To cause to drink; especially, to dose by force; to put a potion down the throat of, as of a horse; hence. to purge violently by physic. [1913 Webster]

As ``to fell,'' is ``to make to fall,'' and ``to lay,'' to make to lie.'' so ``to drench,'' is ``to make to drink.'' --Trench. [1913 Webster]

2. To steep in moisture; to wet thoroughly; to soak; to saturate with water or other liquid; to immerse. [1913 Webster]

Now dam the ditches and the floods restrain; Their moisture has already drenched the plain. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Drench — Drench, n. [AS. drenc. See {Drench}, v. t.] A drink; a draught; specifically, a potion of medicine poured or forced down the throat; also, a potion that causes purging. A drench of wine. Dryden. [1913 Webster] Give my roan horse a drench. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drench — n a poisonous or medicinal drink specif a large dose of medicine mixed with liquid and put down the throat of an animal drench vt to administer a drench to (an animal) * * * (drench) a draft of medicine given to an animal by pouring it into its… …   Medical dictionary

  • drench — drench·er; drench·ing·ly; drench; …   English syllables

  • Drench — Drench, n. [AS. dreng warrior, soldier, akin to Icel. drengr.] (O. Eng. Law) A military vassal mentioned in Domesday Book. [Obs.] Burrill. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drench — [drench] vt. [ME drenchen < OE drencan, to make drink, drown, caus. of drincan, to drink < Gmc * drank , pret. stem of * drinkan, DRINK + jan, caus. suffix] 1. to make (a horse, cow, etc.) swallow a medicinal liquid 2. to make wet all over; …   English World dictionary

  • drench — index imbue, immerse (plunge into), inundate, overload, permeate, pervade Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • drench — [drentʃ] v [T] [: Old English; Origin: drencan; related to drink] to make something or someone extremely wet ▪ In the early morning they had got drenched in the grass. >drenching [ˈdrentʃıŋ] adj ▪ drenching rain …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • drench — [ drentʃ ] verb transitive to make someone or something very wet …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • drench — (v.) c.1200, to submerge, drown, from O.E. drencan give drink to, ply with drink, make drunk; soak, saturate; submerge, drown, causative of drincan to drink (see DRINK (Cf. drink)), from P.Gmc. *drankijan (Cf. O.N. drekkja, Swed. dränka, Du.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • drench — *soak, saturate, sop, steep, impregnate, waterlog Analogous words: *permeate, pervade, penetrate, impenetrate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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