drench
I. noun Date: before 12th century 1. a poisonous or medicinal drink; specifically a large dose of medicine mixed with liquid and put down the throat of an animal 2. a. something that drenches b. a quantity sufficient to drench or saturate II. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English drencan; akin to Old English drincan to drink Date: before 12th century 1. a. archaic to force to drink b. to administer a drench to (an animal) 2. to wet thoroughly (as by soaking or immersing in liquid) 3. to soak or cover thoroughly with liquid that falls or is precipitated 4. to fill or cover completely as if by soaking or precipitation <
was drenched in furs and diamonds — Richard Brautigan
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Synonyms: see soakdrencher noun

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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, 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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