Drencher

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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