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drench

Syllabification: drench
Pronunciation: /dren(t)SH
 
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Definition of drench in English:

verb

[with object]
1Wet thoroughly; soak: I fell in the stream and got drenched (as noun drenching) a severe drenching would kill his uncle
More example sentences
  • ‘When you water the plant, the cactus should be drenched thoroughly’, says a gardener.
  • If you're still not wet by the end, there's a giant power shower to make sure you're thoroughly drenched.
  • I taunted the rain to soak me, drenching what bit parts it hadn't already.
Synonyms
drown, swamp, inundate, flood;
steep, bathe
1.1Cover (something) liberally or thoroughly: cool patios drenched in flowers
More example sentences
  • The view out the window was sun drenched and warm, boasting a rolling hillside covered by a grassy ocean of nameless headstones.
  • They cry out in a familiar musical language of liberation, but the politics are drenched with irony.
  • As soon as the other side has browned, she grabbed up some pancakes, drenching them in maple syrup, and some Cool Whip that was resting on the counter.
2Forcibly administer a drug in liquid form orally to (an animal).
Example sentences
  • ‘It was a time when in-calf cows were drenched with a certain product to prevent milk fever,’ he says.
  • I think that drug was a cattle drench to start off with; I think that is where it originated.
  • Do not drench an animal when you can administer the necessary medicine in any other way.

noun

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1A dose of medicine administered to an animal.
Example sentences
  • In the current study, the vitamin E drench was composed of d-alpha tocopherol (free form).
  • If using the white drenches and the yellow drenches that have no persistency post dosing, the recommendation is to dose at 3, 6, 9 and 12 weeks after turnout.
  • They have two concentrated drenches for the control of Fluke & worms in cattle.
1.1 archaic A draft of a medicinal or poisonous liquid.

Origin

Old English drencan 'force to drink', drenc 'a drink or draft', of Germanic origin; related to German tränken (verb), Trank (noun), also to drink.

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  • drink from (Old English):

    Old English drinc ‘drink’ had a close relative drenc which is the source of drench (Old English). The colloquial phrase the drink referring to the sea, dates from the mid 19th century, but drink like a fish goes back to at least the early 17th when John Fletcher and James Shirley wrote a play called The Night-Walker which contains the line ‘Give me the bottle, I can drink like a Fish now, like an Elephant’. Drunk comes from the past tense of drink. We now use the American drunk as a skunk, but Chaucer describes someone as drunk as a mouse; and drunk as a rat or even a wheelbarrow have been used in the past. Drunkards have been with us since at least the 13th century.

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