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Princeton's WordNet

  1. submerge, drown, overwhelmverb

    cover completely or make imperceptible

    "I was drowned in work"; "The noise drowned out her speech"

  2. drownverb

    get rid of as if by submerging

    "She drowned her trouble in alcohol"

  3. drownverb

    die from being submerged in water, getting water into the lungs, and asphyxiating

    "The child drowned in the lake"

  4. drownverb

    kill by submerging in water

    "He drowned the kittens"

  5. swim, drownverb

    be covered with or submerged in a liquid

    "the meat was swimming in a fatty gravy"


  1. drownverb

    To be suffocated in water or other fluid; to perish by such suffocation.

  2. drownverb

    To deprive of life by immersion in water or other liquid.

  3. drownverb

    To overwhelm in water; to submerge; to inundate.

  4. drownverb

    To overpower; to overcome; to extinguish; said especially of sound; usually in the form "to drown out"

  5. drownverb

    To lose, make hard to find or unnoticeable in an abundant mass

    The CIA gathers so much information that the actual answers it should seek are often drowned in the incessant flood of reports, recordings, satellite images etc.

  6. Etymology: Origin uncertain.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Drownverb

    Etymology: from drunden, below, German, Skinner, from druncnian , Saxon, Mr. Lye.

    They would soon drown those that refused to swim down the popular stream. Charles I .

    When of God’s image only eight he found
    Snatch’d from the wat’ry grave, and sav’d from nations drown’d. Matthew Prior.

    Or so much as it needs
    To dew the sovereign flower, and drown the weeds. William Shakespeare.

    Galleys might be drowned in the harbour with the great ordnance, before they could be rigged. Richard Knolles, History.

    Betwixt the prince and parliament we stand,
    The barriers of the state on either hand:
    May neither overflow, for then they drown the land. Dry.

    Most men being in sensual pleasures drown’d,
    It seems their souls but in their senses are. Davies.

    Who cometh next will not follow that course, however good, which his predecessors held, for doubt to have his doings drowned in another man’s praise. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    To think that the brightness of the sun’s body above doth drown our discerning of the lesser lights, is a popular errour. Henry Wotton, Architecture.

    My private voice is drown’d amid’ the senate. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Some aged man, who lives this act to see,
    And who in former times remember’d me,
    May say, the son, in fortitude and fame,
    Outgoes the mark, and drowns his father’s name. Dryden.

  2. To Drownverb

    To be suffocated in the waters.

    There be, that keep them out of fire, and yet was never burned; that beware of water, and yet was never nigh drowning. Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster.

    Methought what pain it was to drown!
    What dreadful noise of waters in my ears!
    What sights of ugly death within mine eyes! William Shakespeare, R. III.


  1. drown

    The DROWN (Decrypting RSA with Obsolete and Weakened eNcryption) attack is a cross-protocol security bug that attacks servers supporting modern SSLv3/TLS protocol suites by using their support for the obsolete, insecure, SSL v2 protocol to leverage an attack on connections using up-to-date protocols that would otherwise be secure. DROWN can affect all types of servers that offer services encrypted with SSLv3/TLS yet still support SSLv2, provided they share the same public key credentials between the two protocols. Additionally, if the same public key certificate is used on a different server that supports SSLv2, the TLS server is also vulnerable due to the SSLv2 server leaking key information that can be used against the TLS server.Full details of DROWN were announced in March 2016, along with a patch that disables SSLv2 in OpenSSL; the vulnerability was assigned the ID CVE-2016-0800. The patch alone will not be sufficient to mitigate the attack if the certificate can be found on another SSLv2 host. The only viable countermeasure is to disable SSLv2 on all servers. The researchers estimated that 33% of all HTTPS sites were affected by this vulnerability as of March 1, 2016.


  1. drown

    Drown is a term used when a person, animal, or object is submerged in a liquid (most commonly water) to the point of death or damage, typically due to an inability to breathe or function under the liquid. This can happen either by accident or intentionally. It can also be used metaphorically to describe excessive exposure or an overwhelming amount.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drownverb

    to be suffocated in water or other fluid; to perish in water

  2. Drownverb

    to overwhelm in water; to submerge; to inundate

  3. Drownverb

    to deprive of life by immersion in water or other liquid

  4. Drownverb

    to overpower; to overcome; to extinguish; -- said especially of sound

  5. Etymology: [OE. drunen, drounen, earlier drunknen, druncnien, AS. druncnian to be drowned, sink, become drunk, fr. druncen drunken. See Drunken, Drink.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Drown

    drown, v.t. to drench or sink in water: to kill by placing under water: to overpower: to extinguish.—v.t. to be suffocated in water. [A.S. druncnian, to drown—druncen, pa.p. of drincan, to drink. See Drench.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DROWN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Drown is ranked #7684 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Drown surname appeared 4,321 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Drown.

    73.6% or 3,181 total occurrences were White.
    20.8% or 899 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 103 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 96 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 29 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.3% or 13 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'drown' in Verbs Frequency: #901

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of drown in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of drown in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of drown in a Sentence

  1. Harold Trompetero:

    When we were writing the script I came across a quote by Darwin that said in the evolution of the species it wasn't the most intelligent or the strongest who survived, but the ones who adapted best, for a long time we'll need to adapt ourselves to new ways of doing things under these circumstances. If not, we will drown.

  2. John Alejandro King:

    You don't drink to drown your sorrows, you drink to give them mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

  3. Teddy Goff:

    It wasn't as if we all kind of retreated into a bunker to drown our sorrows or anything like that, in the midst of that day, discovering that we were really rebuilding a list virtually from scratch, it was a realization that there was going to be a tough road ahead.

  4. New York:

    She drove passengers through 3 to 4 feet of water. I watched that video. The water... was in the bus. People are literally standing on their seats to make sure that they did not drown inside a bus.

  5. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Let me fly with the wings of love or let me drown and die in the love.

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