• "Jim got a terrible drenching."
    "Jim got a terrible drenching."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v drench cover with liquid; pour liquid onto "souse water on his hot face"
    • v drench permeate or impregnate "The war drenched the country in blood"
    • v drench force to drink
    • v drench drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged "The tsunami swamped every boat in the harbor"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Drench 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.""Give my roan horse a drench ."
    • n Drench (O. Eng. Law) A military vassal mentioned in Domesday Book.
    • Drench 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.”"
    • Drench 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • drench 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.
    • drench To gorge or satiate with a fluid: as, he drenched himself with liquor.
    • drench Specifically, to administer liquid physic to abundantly, especially in a forcible way.
    • drench To drown.
    • drench To subject (hides) to the effect of soaking and stirring in a solution of animal excrements or an alkaline solution. Synonyms To steep, souse, deluge (with).
    • drench To drown.
    • n drench A drink; a draught.
    • n drench A large draught of fluid; an inordinate drink.
    • n drench Hence A draught of physic; specifically, a dose of medicine for a beast, as a horse.
    • n drench That with or in which something is drenched; a provision or preparation for drenching or steeping.
    • n drench A less correct form of dreng.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Drench drensh to fill with drink or liquid: to wet thoroughly: to soak: to physic by force:
    • n Drench a draught: a dose of physic forced down the throat
    • v.t Drench drensh (obs.) to drown
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  • Amos Bronson Alcott
    “Our dreams drench us in senses, and senses steps us again in dreams.”
  • John Carey
    John Carey
    “A blank helpless sort of face, rather like a rose just before you drench it with D.D.T.”
  • Amy Lowell
    Amy Lowell
    “Moon! Moon! am prone before you. Pity me, and drench me in loneliness.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. drencan, to give to drink, to drench, the causal of drincan, to drink; akin to D. drenken, Sw. dränka, G. tränken,. See Drink
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. drencan, to give to drink, from drincan, to drink; Ger. tränken, to soak. See Drink.


In literature:

Yet, drenched with night-dews, half-starved and travel-worn, I seemed to grow every day stronger and more fit.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
She was drenched through, and cold ...
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Off we rowed towards the shore, getting drenched each time that the boat dipped her nose into the sea.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
I was sitting in a pool of water and could not lay my hands upon anything that was not drenched.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
It was lucky I was beside him, or he would have drenched the new cushions.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
Both were badly mangled and drenched with blood, but the black was craven.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
The Boche drenched the battery position with gas.
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
The drenching rain continued the entire night, the minimum temperature being 73 deg.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Bleed freely; and give in drench one pound of Glauber-salts, with two drachms of Jamaica ginger.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
He collapsed on the deck, a limp, huddled, drenched human form.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock

In poetry:

Full many a dreary anxious hour
We watch our nets alone
In drenching spray, and driving shower,
And hear the night-bird's moan:
"Fifth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
Buried, drenched in dewy foliage,
Thus she glimmers from the dawn,
Watched by every forest creature,
Fleet-foot Oread, frolic Faun.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
Above the uplands drenched with dew
The sky hangs soft and pearly,
An emerald world is listening to
The wind that shakes the barley.
"The Wind that Shakes the Barley" by Katharine Tynan
Softly along the road of evening,
In a twilight dim with rose,
Wrinkled with age, and drenched with dew
Old Nod, the shepherd, goes.
"Nod" by Walter de la Mare
'Twas pursued by the frivolous rabble,
With poisonous lips and eyes;
They drenched it with prurient babble,
And fed it with fulsome lies.
"A Snow-White Lily" by Alfred Austin
At night upon my storm-drench'd wing,
I poised above a helmless bark,
And soon I saw the shattered thing
Had passed away and left no mark.
"The Sea Diver" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

THOMASVILLE — On Everybody's Day, everyone got drenched.
Vacationers were wearing ponchos instead of swimsuits at the peak of the summer season because of the tropical storm, which has drenched Florida for at least four days straight.
O'Toole Elementary School sits on a quiet, sun-drenched block in Englewood on the first day of Chicago's teachers strike.
Drenching Rains Erasing Texoma's Drought .
Monroe coach Chris Beagan gets drenched after winning the Central Jersey, Group 3 crown in 2009.
Help Backyard Birds Recover from Sandy's Drenching.
In California, at Least 9 Die In Latest El Nino Drenching.
When I think of southern Italy, a kind of mental postcard comes to mind: a table laden with seafood, pasta, and wine, with Homer's "wine-dark sea" sparkling in the sun-drenched background.
Northern Californians hunker down after third storm in less than week drenches region.
Even a mile on the pavement can drench you in sweat, and you need a strategy to replace all that fluid.
My back was drenched with sweat.
The Civil War Drenches America In Blood .
Root drenches may require re-treatment in four to six months and trunk injections in six to 12 months.
Sun-drenched beaches and picture-perfect villages are just a few of the gems waiting for you in Portugal, once considered the Iberian Peninsula's best-kept secret.
Cara had finally reached Crumland Farm, but got drenched and covered in mud .

In science:

We think this is a bit like needing a very fine grid in weather forecasting in order to find the most extreme wind speeds, drenching rains, and so on.
Astrophysics in 2006