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Meaning of DRENCH

Pronunciation:  drench

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  cover with liquid; pour liquid onto; "souse water on his hot face"
  2. [v]  permeate or impregnate; "The war drenched the country in blood"
  3. [v]  force (animals) to drink
  4. [v]  drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged; "The tsunami swamped every boat in the harbor"

DRENCH is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: douse, dowse, imbrue, soak, sop, souse, swamp
 See Also: bate, bedraggle, brine, cater, drink, flood, flush, imbibe, impregnate, ply, provide, ret, saturate, sluice, supply, wet



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Drench\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Drenched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Drenching}.] [AS. drencan to give to drink, to drench, the
    causal of drincan to drink; akin to D. drenken, Sw.
    dr["a]nka, G. tr["a]nken. See {Drink}.]
    1. 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.
             As ``to fell,'' is ``to make to fall,'' and ``to
             lay,'' to make to lie.'' so ``to drench,'' is ``to
             make to drink.''                      --Trench.
    2. To steep in moisture; to wet thoroughly; to soak; to
       saturate with water or other liquid; to immerse.
             Now dam the ditches and the floods restrain; Their
             moisture has already drenched the plain. --Dryden.
  2. \Drench\, n. [AS. drenc. See {Drench}, v. t.]
    A drink; a draught; specifically, a potion of medicine poured
    or forced down the throat; also, a potion that causes
    purging. ``A drench of wine.'' --Dryden.
          Give my roan horse a drench.             --Shak.
  3. \Drench\, n. [AS. dreng warrior, soldier, akin to Icel.
    drengr.] (O. Eng. Law)
    A military vassal mentioned in Domesday Book. [Obs.]
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