• WordNet 3.6
    • v drink be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to "The mother drinks in every word of her son on the stage"
    • v drink take in liquids "The patient must drink several liters each day","The children like to drink soda"
    • v drink consume alcohol "We were up drinking all night"
    • v drink drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic "The husband drinks and beats his wife"
    • v drink propose a toast to "Let us toast the birthday girl!","Let's drink to the New Year"
    • n drink the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess "drink was his downfall"
    • n drink the act of swallowing "one swallow of the liquid was enough","he took a drink of his beer and smacked his lips"
    • n drink any liquid suitable for drinking "may I take your beverage order?"
    • n drink a single serving of a beverage "I asked for a hot drink","likes a drink before dinner"
    • n drink any large deep body of water "he jumped into the drink and had to be rescued"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A dog breaks a hole through ice to get a drink A dog breaks a hole through ice to get a drink
Invitation to drink wine Invitation to drink wine
A family enjoying a meal, about 1650. Many of the eating and drinking vessels portrayed, together with much of the tableware, are types which have been excavated. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) A family enjoying a meal, about 1650. Many of the eating and drinking vessels portrayed, together with much of the...
The Giant Tries to Drink the Stream The Giant Tries to Drink the Stream
wolfhound and dingo drinking from riverbed wolfhound and dingo drinking from riverbed

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 691 drinking fountains in the Pentagon
    • Drink Liquid to be swallowed; any fluid to be taken into the stomach for quenching thirst or for other purposes, as water, coffee, or decoctions. "Give me some drink , Titinius."
    • Drink Specifically, intoxicating liquor; as, when drink is on, wit is out.
    • Drink To quaff exhilarating or intoxicating liquors, in merriment or feasting; to carouse; to revel; hence, to lake alcoholic liquors to excess; to be intemperate in the use of intoxicating or spirituous liquors; to tipple. "And they drank , and were merry with him.""Bolingbroke always spoke freely when he had drunk freely.""I drink to the general joy of the whole table,
      And to our dear friend Banquo."
    • Drink To smoke, as tobacco. "And some men now live ninety years and past,
      Who never drank to tobacco first nor last."
    • Drink To swallow (a liquid); to receive, as a fluid, into the stomach; to imbibe; as, to drink milk or water. "There lies she with the blessed gods in bliss,
      There drinks the nectar with ambrosia mixed."
      "The bowl of punch which was brewed and drunk in Mrs. Betty's room."
    • Drink To swallow anything liquid, for quenching thirst or other purpose; to imbibe; to receive or partake of, as if in satisfaction of thirst; as, to drink from a spring. "Gird thyself, and serve me, till have eaten and drunken ; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink .""He shall drink of the wrath the Almighty.""Drink of the cup that can not cloy."
    • Drink To take in (a liquid), in any manner; to suck up; to absorb; to imbibe. "And let the purple violets drink the stream."
    • Drink To take in; to receive within one, through the senses; to inhale; to hear; to see. "To drink the cooler air,""My ears have not yet drunk a hundred words
      Of that tongue's utterance."
      "Let me . . . drink delicious poison from thy eye."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Vikings, after killing their enemies, used their skulls as drinking vessels
    • drink To swallow water or other fluid.
    • drink Specifically.
    • drink To imbibe spirituous liquors, especially habitually or to excess; be intemperate in the use of spirituous liquors.
    • drink To swallow (a liquid); receive (a fluid) into the stomach through the mouth; imbibe: as, to drink water or wine.
    • drink To affect in a specific way by or in drinking; induce a condition in by the act or example of drinking: as, to drink a bowl empty; he drank his companions drunk.
    • drink To suck in; absorb; imbibe.
    • drink Figuratively, to take in through the senses, as the ear or eye, with eagerness and pleasure: with reference to utterance or appearance.
    • drink To take in (vapor, fumes, or smoke); inhale: as, to drink the air. Old writers often used drink for smoke with reference to tobacco.
    • drink To draw up or exhaust: as, the heated air drinks up the moisture of the earth.
    • n drink Any liquid, as water or wine, swallowed or taken into the stomach as a beverage for quenching thirst, or for medicinal purposes.
    • n drink Specifically Strong or intoxicating liquor; alcoholic stimulants collectively: as, a craving for drink.
    • n drink A draught; as much of any liquid as is or may be taken at one time; a potion: as, a long drink of lemonade; have a drink.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An average human drinks about 16, 000 gallons of water in a lifetime.
    • v.t Drink dringk to swallow, as a liquid: to empty, as a glass, bowl, &c.: to take in through the senses
    • v.i Drink to swallow a liquid: to take intoxicating liquors to excess:—pr.p. drink′ing; pa.t. drank; pa.p. drunk
    • n Drink something to be drunk: intoxicating liquor
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  • Brendan F. Behan
    Brendan F. Behan
    “One drink is too many for me and a thousand not enough.”
  • W. C. Fields
    “I never drink water; that is the stuff that rusts pipes.”
  • George Herbert
    “Drink not the third glass, which thou canst not tame, when once it is within thee.”
  • Jean Kerr
    Jean Kerr
    “Even though a number of people have tried, no one has ever found a way to drink for a living.”
  • Joe E. Lewis
    “I drink to forget I drink.”
  • George Jean Nathan
    “I only drink to make other people seem more interesting.”


Drink like a fish - If someone drinks like a fish, they drink far too much alcohol.
Flat out like a lizard drinking - (AU) An Australian idiom meaning extremely busy, which is a word play which humorously mixes two meanings of the term flat out.
Meat and drink - If something is meat and drink to you, you enjoy it and are naturally good at it, though many find it difficult.
Tall drink of water - Someone who is very tall and slender is a tall drink of water. ('A tall glass of water' is also used.)
Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink - This is from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and is used to suggest that despite being surrounded by something, you cannot benefit from it.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink - This idiom means you can offer something to someone, like good advice, but you cannot make them take it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. drincan,; akin to OS. drinkan, D. drinken, G. trinken, Icel. drekka, Sw. dricka, Dan. drikke, Goth. drigkan,. Cf. Drench Drunken Drown


In literature:

Geroe displayed a calm face, merely begged the stranger to allow him to drink his black coffee.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
We fill our "xuages" with care, and give our animals as much as they will drink.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Give abundance of soft drinking water, encouraging the animal to drink by a handful of salt daily.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Don't drink spirits; millions have tried it to their sorrow.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
Drinking it, all men are, indeed, equal.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
He suggests that they drink but little wine or liquor, and sleep on quilts instead of feathers.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
He is a teetotaller, and is very angry at those who drink to excess.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
A man who never drinks liquor will get well, where a drinking man would surely die.
"Child's Health Primer For Primary Classes" by Jane Andrews
A helmet in general, but particularly that part which lets down to allow of the wearer's drinking.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Drink little, that ye may drink lang.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop

In poetry:

"I will not think
That the Prophet said
Ye shall not drink
Of the flowing red!
"Abu Midjan" by George MacDonald
"I will not think
That the Prophet said
Ye shall not drink
Of the flowing red!"
"Abu Midjan" by George MacDonald
But here a point,
The objective essence
We work in.
We shall not drink from the stink-pots.
"Gospel" by Patrick Kavanagh
I hate to think he took to drink,
And passed away;
I have not heard of him a word
Unto this day.
"Poor Poet" by Robert W Service
Now, to Tibullus, next,
This flood I drink to thee;
But stay, I see a text
That this presents to me.
"To Live Merrily, And To Trust To Good Verses" by Robert Herrick
True, they like drinking
till they're really stinking —-
we find these facts insightful
but spiteful.
"Table Hymn" by Jonas Hallgrimsson

In news:

Here are some tips to be able to still enjoy your favorite hot holiday drinks while not drinking your recommended daily calorie intake.
Drinks ' Wild Shot ' Wednesday: Toby Keith Wants You to Be a Good American and Drink His New Mezcal.
The point is I don't drink beer exclusively, but I drink it enough to know a great beer when I taste one.
"We may not provide alcoholic drinks to our passengers, or we may not even provide meals to passengers," in which case the union would advise travelers to bring their own food and drinks, said Tsang.
About 25% of people drink alcoholic beverages on a given day, and the drinks account for about 16% of their daily calorie intake, a new government study shows.
Coke and other soft drink companies see trouble if the New York City big-drink ban spreads.
STEVENS POINT, Wis. One year after a student drowned in a river after a night of drinking, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is considering banning alcohol consumption in the dorms, even for students of legal drinking age.
When I ask Marisa what she recommends to drink, she first checks to make sure I drink whiskey.
Robinson's owner Britvic and Irn Bru maker AG Barr have reached an agreement on a merger that will create a soft drinks company called Barr Britvic Soft Drinks, which will have annual sales of more than £1.5bn.
If at a bar , the parent must order the drink and be served the drink and, then, the parent can give the drink to the child.
' He pours the drinks, both beer and coffee, for those who've had too much to drink, he dances with those who need a pick me up and he feed those who are hungry.
Drinking energy and sports drinks like " bathing " teeth in acid.
(CBS News) Energy drinks and sports drinks might provide a quick boost for consumers, but at the cost of their teeth.
(CBS)-- Energy drinks and sports drinks might provide a quick boost for consumers, but at the cost of their teeth.
The first time, I thought it was because he'd been drinking heavily, but it happens even on nights when he hasn't had a single drink.

In science:

In his spare time, Brian enjoys playing with his cat Cleopatra, drinking wine, listening to music, cooking, playing his guitar, reading poetry, visiting with friends, and sleeping.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
The periphery of reality is quite limited in that if there is water in the glass, there is water and if there is no water then there is no water. This is reality. Imagination has a much wider periphery. Take an empty glass in summer, imagine there is water and pretend to drink it.
On Why and What of Randomness
There is another very practical solution, which is to give my car keys to a trusted friend before I start drinking.
Bayesian Conditioning, the Reflection Principle, and Quantum Decoherence
DµΦADµΦA + i ¯ψ 6 Dψ + F AFA 3 ‘When a French super-march´e carries not only food and drink but also car spares, garden furniture and ladies’ underwear, it becomes an hyper-marche´e.
N=2 Supersymmetry and de Sitter space
We make our own decision whether we smoke, drink beer, or go on a diet; and all these decisions may influence our health and age of death.
Sociophysics Simulations