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drown

[droun] /draʊn/
verb (used without object)
1.
to die under water or other liquid of suffocation.
verb (used with object)
2.
to kill by submerging under water or other liquid.
3.
to destroy or get rid of by, or as if by, immersion:
He drowned his sorrows in drink.
4.
to flood or inundate.
5.
to overwhelm so as to render inaudible, as by a louder sound (often followed by out).
6.
to add too much water or liquid to (a drink, food, or the like).
7.
to slake (lime) by covering with water and letting stand.
Verb phrases
8.
drown in,
  1. to be overwhelmed by:
    The company is drowning in bad debts.
  2. to be covered with or enveloped in:
    The old movie star was drowning in mink.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English drounnen, Old English druncnian, perhaps by loss of c between nasals and shift of length from nn to ou
Related forms
drowner, noun
half-drowned, adjective
half-drowning, adjective
undrowned, adjective
Synonyms
4. deluge, engulf, submerge, drench, soak.
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  • With his arms crossed over his head and his feet twitching, he was unconscious and drowning.
  • Even the lightly wounded die by drowning, doomed by the waterlogging of their overloaded packs.
  • He's famous for ignoring his father's warnings about flying too close to the sun, and for drowning as a result of that.
  • We are drowning in information, yet constantly increasing our generation of it.
  • Modern whale babies come out tail first to prevent drowning.
  • To scientists who are routinely drowning in data, that is incredibly valuable.
  • During one such diversion, they rescue two country boys from drowning.
  • Half get stuck underneath in a single layer-but there are small pockets of trapped air that likely prevent them from drowning.
  • Most of the former showed signs of drowning in trawl nets.
  • Hydroelectric includes the danger of drowning or dam failure.
British Dictionary definitions for drowning

drown

/draʊn/
verb
1.
to die or kill by immersion in liquid
2.
(transitive) to destroy or get rid of as if by submerging: he drowned his sorrows in drink
3.
(transitive) to drench thoroughly; inundate; flood
4.
(transitive) sometimes foll by out. to render (a sound) inaudible by making a loud noise
Derived Forms
drowner, noun
Word Origin
C13: probably from Old English druncnian; related to Old Norse drukna to be drowned
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Word Origin and History for drowning

drown

v.

c.1300, transitive and intransitive, perhaps from an unrecorded derivative word of Old English druncnian (Middle English druncnen) "be swallowed up by water" (originally of ships as well as living things), probably from the base of drincan "to drink."

Modern form is from northern England dialect, probably influenced by Old Norse drukna "be drowned." Related: Drowned; drowning.

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drowning in the Bible

(Ex. 15:4; Amos 8:8; Heb. 11:29). Drowning was a mode of capital punishment in use among the Syrians, and was known to the Jews in the time of our Lord. To this he alludes in Matt. 18:6.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with drowning
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Encyclopedia Article for drowning

suffocation by immersion in a liquid, usually water. Water closing over the victim's mouth and nose cuts off the body's supply of oxygen. Deprived of oxygen the victim stops struggling, loses consciousness, and gives up the remaining tidal air in his lungs. There the heart may continue to beat feebly for a brief interval, but eventually it ceases. Until recently, the oxygen deprivation that occurs with immersion in water was believed to lead to irreversible brain damage if it lasted beyond three to seven minutes. It is now known that victims immersed for an hour or longer may be totally salvageable, physically and intellectually, although they lack evidence of life, having no measurable vital signs-heartbeat, pulse, or breathing-at the time of rescue. A fuller appreciation of the body's physiological defenses against drowning has prompted modification of traditional therapies and intensification of resuscitative efforts, so that many people who once would have been given up for dead are being saved.

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