from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of soak.
  • n. Immersion in water; a drenching or dunking.
  • adj. Extremely wet; saturated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wetting thoroughly; drenching.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A steeping; a wetting; a drenching.
  • n. Intemperate and continual drinking. Compare soak, v. i., 4.
  • n. The operation of desilverizing a lead regulus by running it into a bath of molten lead in the fore-hearth of a blast-furnace; also the operation of equalizing the temperature of steel ingots in a soaking-pit.

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

  • n. the act of making something completely wet
  • n. the process of becoming softened and saturated as a consequence of being immersed in water (or other liquid)
  • adv. extremely wet
  • n. washing something by allowing it to soak


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  • That tub is what I call a soaking tub, and I hope you got some time to put it to that use.

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  • Also, riding for 30 miles in soaking-wet socks is a bummer.

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  • The soaking is a crucial step: I do this by placing 1 cup sabudana in a bowl and just barely covering it with water, then covering it and setting it aside.

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  • This requires the wrist of the shooting hand be almost horizontal, I don't know about anyone else but I find this position tends to cramp my wrist which really wants to be more vertical where it could also aid in soaking up recoil.

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  • I agree that a spinning, swinging perforated (subject to soaking from the rain) milk bottle seems an unlikely choice for nesting.


  • Carefully pour in soaking liquid, stopping before you get to the powdery dregs.

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  • They removed soaking from the function of this sink, but when's the last time I soaked something in a sink?

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  • As Viv stood to leave she told me that she'd left some shrimp marinating in the refrigerator'she used a word in her native language that I didn't understand before she fumbled for the English word 'soaking-and that she'd already heated up the grill.

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  • In stamp collecting, the process of removing stamps from envelope paper. Most stamps can be safely soaked in water; however, those with fugitive inks will run, and those printed on chalky paper will lose their designs entirely.

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