- 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 drench
When I drench my insides with tea I sort of want it to take a hold.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
Mix and boil down to one quart; when cool give it as a drench.One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed
C. A. Bogardus
Dole sunlight into his room by degrees; and when he can bear it, drench him with it.A Simpleton
Where Molly and Sandy rode they were exposed to the first drench of a cloud-burst.Rimrock Trail
J. Allan Dunn
Or are you, reader, one who delights to drench his mirth in tears?The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb
- 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 drench
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.