- 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 drenched
In the old days, drenched in racism as the South was, it was economically populist.Dems, It’s Time to Dump Dixie
December 8, 2014
The Monopoly-style “Ghettopoly” board game was drenched in racial stereotypes, and angered the NAACP.Who Designed Urban Outfitters's Bloody Kent State Shirt? They Won't Say
September 15, 2014
"We wanted to take a picture," a drenched Wand Yu-Hon explained, as if it were the most natural thing in the world.Hurricane Sandy Turns Washington, D.C., Into a Ghost Town
October 30, 2012
It was a few hours into the power collapse across northern and eastern India and I was drenched in sweat.India’s Real Power Shortage
August 2, 2012
Half a crispy fried chicken and fluffy waffles topped with a heaping scoop of whipped butter, all drenched in sweet maple syrup!Fresh Picks
November 10, 2010
It was lavender water; he drenched her hair and brow and hands.The Incomplete Amorist
The country round about had been drenched with much German and Russian blood.
I believe, since 'Drunken Barnaby's Journal,' nothing like it has drenched the press.Andr
He was drenched in an instant, strangling and gasping for breath.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
Francisco felt that he was drenched, and he raised his head.The Pirate and The Three Cutters
- 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 drenched
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.