Definitions for: Drench


[v] cover with liquid; pour liquid onto; "souse water on his hot face"
[v] permeate or impregnate; "The war drenched the country in blood"
[v] force (animals) to drink
[v] drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged; "The tsunami swamped every boat in the harbor"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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

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

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


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.

Give my roan horse a drench. --Shak.


Drench, n. [AS. dreng warrior, soldier, akin to Icel.
drengr.] (O. Eng. Law)
A military vassal mentioned in Domesday Book. [Obs.]
--Burrill.

Synonyms: douse, dowse, imbrue, soak, sop, souse, swamp

See Also: bate, bedraggle, brine, cater, drink, flood, flush, imbibe, impregnate, ply, provide, ret, saturate, sluice, supply, wet

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