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Princeton's WordNet

  1. swamp, drenchverb

    drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged

    "The tsunami swamped every boat in the harbor"

  2. drenchverb

    force to drink

  3. imbrue, drenchverb

    permeate or impregnate

    "The war drenched the country in blood"

  4. drench, douse, dowse, soak, sop, souseverb

    cover with liquid; pour liquid onto

    "souse water on his hot face"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Drenchnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Let such bethink them, if the sleepy drench
    Of that forgetful lake benumb not still,
    That in our proper motion we ascend. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    A drench is a potion or drink prepared for a sick horse, and composed of several drugs in a liquid form. Farrier’s Dict.

    Harry, says she, how many hast thou kill’d to-day? Give my roan horse a drench, says he; and answers, fourteen, an hour after. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    A drench of wine has with success been us’d,
    And through a horn the gen’rous juice infus’d. Dryden.

    Their counsels are more like a drench, that must be poured down, than a draught which might be leisurely drank, if I liked it. Charles I .

  2. To DRENCHverb

    Etymology: drencan, Saxon.

    In swinish sleep
    Their drenched natures lie, as in a death. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Our garments being as they were drenched in the sea, hold notwithstanding their freshness and glosses, being rather new-dy’d than stain’d with salt water. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    To-day deep thoughts learn with me to drench
    In mirth, that after no repenting draws. John Milton, Sam.

    Now dam the ditches, and the floods restrain;
    Their moisture has already drench’d the plain. John Dryden, Virgil.

    Too oft, alas! has mutual hatred drench’d
    Our swords in native blood. Phillips.

    If any of your cattle are infected, speedily let both sick and well blood, and drench them. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drenchverb

    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

  2. Drenchverb

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

  3. Drenchverb

    a drink; a draught; specifically, a potion of medicine poured or forced down the throat; also, a potion that causes purging

  4. Drenchnoun

    a military vassal mentioned in Domesday Book

  5. Etymology: [AS. dreng warrior, soldier, akin to Icel. drengr.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Drench

    drensh, v.t. to fill with drink or liquid: to wet thoroughly: to soak: to physic by force: (obs.) to drown.—n. a draught: a dose of physic forced down the throat.—n. Drench′er. [A.S. drencan, to give to drink, from drincan, to drink; Ger. tränken, to soak. See Drink.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of drench in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of drench in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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