|—vb (sometimes foll by out)|
|1.||to die or kill by immersion in liquid|
|2.||(tr) to destroy or get rid of as if by submerging: he drowned his sorrows in drink|
|3.||(tr) to drench thoroughly; inundate; flood|
|4.||to render (a sound) inaudible by making a loud noise|
|[C13: probably from Old English druncnian; related to Old Norse drukna to be drowned]|
(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.