drench

[drench]
verb (used with object)
1.
to wet thoroughly; soak.
2.
to saturate by immersion in a liquid; steep.
3.
to cover or fill completely; bathe: trees drenched with sunlight.
4.
Veterinary Medicine. to administer a draft of medicine to (an animal), especially by force: to drench a horse.
5.
Archaic. to cause to drink.
noun
6.
the act of drenching.
7.
something that drenches: a drench of rain.
8.
a preparation for drenching or steeping.
9.
a solution, especially one of fermenting bran, for drenching hides or skins.
10.
a large drink or draft.
11.
a draft of medicine, especially one administered to an animal by force.
12.
Horticulture. a mixture of pesticide and water applied to the soil surrounding a plant.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English drenchen, Old English drencan, causative of drincan to drink; cognate with Dutch drenken, German tränken to water, give to drink

drencher, noun
drenchingly, adverb
undrenched, adjective


1. See wet.
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drench (drɛntʃ)
 
vb
1.  to make completely wet; soak
2.  to give liquid medicine to (an animal), esp by force
 
n
3.  the act or an instance of drenching
4.  a dose of liquid medicine given to an animal
 
[Old English drencan to cause to drink; related to Old High German trenken]
 
'drencher
 
n
 
'drenching
 
n, —adj

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drench
from O.E. drencan "cause to drink," caus. of drincan "to drink," from P.Gmc. *drankijan. In M.E., it meant "to drown;" sense of "to wet thoroughly by throwing liquid over" is from c.1550. Related: Drenched; drenching.
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Example sentences
Morning rains now drench the streets, which bake and steam throughout the day.
Rains, welcome to the redwoods but not to visitors, drench the park in winter.
Clove oil applied either as a pre-plant or as a drench provided protection against seedling damping-off.
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