from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To wet through and through; soak.
  • transitive verb To administer a large oral dose of liquid medicine to (an animal).
  • transitive verb To provide with something in great abundance; surfeit.
  • noun The act of wetting or becoming wet through and through.
  • noun Something that drenches.
  • noun A large dose of liquid medicine, especially one administered to an animal by pouring down the throat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A drink; a draught.
  • noun A large draught of fluid; an inordinate drink.
  • noun Hence A draught of physic; specifically, a dose of medicine for a beast, as a horse.
  • noun That with or in which something is drenched; a provision or preparation for drenching or steeping.
  • noun A less correct form of dreng.
  • To wet thoroughly; soak; steep; fill or cover with water or other liquid: as, garments drenched with rain or in the sea; swords drenched in blood; the flood has drenched the earth.
  • To gorge or satiate with a fluid: as, he drenched himself with liquor.
  • Specifically, to administer liquid physic to abundantly, especially in a forcible way.
  • . To drown.
  • To subject (hides) to the effect of soaking and stirring in a solution of animal excrements or an alkaline solution.
  • To drown.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A drink; a draught; specifically, a potion of medicine poured or forced down the throat; also, a potion that causes purging.
  • noun (O. Eng. Law), obsolete A military vassal mentioned in Domesday Book.
  • transitive verb 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.
  • transitive verb To steep in moisture; to wet thoroughly; to soak; to saturate with water or other liquid; to immerse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete, UK A military vassal, mentioned in the Domesday Book.
  • noun A draught administered to an animal.
  • verb To soak, to make very wet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb permeate or impregnate
  • verb drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged
  • verb force to drink
  • verb cover with liquid; pour liquid onto


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English drenchen, to drown, from Old English drencan, to give to drink, drown; see dhreg- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Anglo-Saxon dreng warrior, soldier, akin to Icelandic drengr.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English drenchen, from Old English drenċan, from Proto-Germanic *drankijanan (compare Dutch drenken ‘to get a drink’, German tränken ‘to water, give a drink’), causative of *drinkanan (“to drink”). More at drink.


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