- to wet thoroughly; soak.
- to saturate by immersion in a liquid; steep.
- to cover or fill completely; bathe: trees drenched with sunlight.
- Veterinary Medicine. to administer a draft of medicine to (an animal), especially by force: to drench a horse.
- Archaic. to cause to drink.
- the act of drenching.
- something that drenches: a drench of rain.
- a preparation for drenching or steeping.
- a solution, especially one of fermenting bran, for drenching hides or skins.
- a large drink or draft.
- a draft of medicine, especially one administered to an animal by force.
- Horticulture. a mixture of pesticide and water applied to the soil surrounding a plant.
Origin of drench
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Examples from the Web for drenching
I blasted the Beastie Boys and chemically straightened my curls, drenching them with Sun-In until I, too, had long, golden waves.Living On—And Leaving—America’s Biggest Commune
Rena Mundo Croshere
November 23, 2012
The wind is fierce—gusts are blowing rain like wet bullets, drenching everything.How We Saved Woodstock
August 14, 2009
Defensiveness has swept over the culture like a giant wave, drenching daily choices in cold water.So Many Laws, So Little Time
Philip K. Howard
February 17, 2009
Rain came, in a torrent of water, heavy as lead, drenching her to the skin.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
Wilson returned no more, and the promise of a drenching was never fulfilled.The Shadow of a Crime
"I think we are in for a drenching, May," said Hil, looking anxiously round.Australia Revenged
A wave broke over the bows of the vessel, drenching them with spray.The Traitors
E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
He had taken cold from his drenching, and was shivering and feverish by turns.Left on Labrador
Charles Asbury Stephens
- to make completely wet; soak
- to give liquid medicine to (an animal), esp by force
- the act or an instance of drenching
- a dose of liquid medicine given to an animal
Word Origin and History for drenching
c.1200, "to submerge, drown," from Old English drencan "give drink to, ply with drink, make drunk; soak, saturate; submerge, drown," causative of drincan "to drink" (see drink), from Proto-Germanic *drankijan (cf. Old Norse drekkja, Swedish dränka, Dutch drenken, German tränken, Gothic dragkjan "to give to drink"). Sense of "to wet thoroughly by throwing liquid over" is from c.1550. Related: Drenched; drenching.