from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. extremely (used to describe wetness)
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- As in soaking; hence, little by little; gradually.
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There are people who even in this enlightened age vegetate upon the face of the earth and know not these things, and a very great many more who do not know that they ought to select a soakingly wet day to appreciate the Falls of Niagara at their highest value.
The temperature at noon had risen to 33°, and everything was more soakingly wet than ever, if that was possible.
This debate is politically and religiously driven to the point of being soakingly obvious .... scapegoating, the favorite pastime of religion and politics ....
No doubt it would have been a thought more comfortable if the driving rain, which now poured down more soakingly than ever, had admitted of a window being opened, or if our number had been something less than thirty; but there was scarcely time to think as much, when a train of three horses was attached to the tow-rope, the boy upon the leader smacked his whip, the rudder creaked and groaned complainingly, and we had begun our journey.