1. [syn: drenching, soaking, souse, sousing]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Drench \Drench\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Drenched; p. pr. & vb. n.
Drenching.] [AS. drencan to give to drink, to drench, the
causal of drincan to drink; akin to D. drenken, Sw.
dr[aum]nka, G. tr[aum]nken. See Drink.]
1. To cause to drink; especially, to dose by force; to put a
potion down the throat of, as of a horse; hence. to purge
violently by physic.
As "to fell," is "to make to fall," and "to lay," to
make to lie." so "to drench," is "to make to drink."
2. To steep in moisture; to wet thoroughly; to soak; to
saturate with water or other liquid; to immerse.
Now dam the ditches and the floods restrain;
Their moisture has already drenched the plain.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the act of making something completely wet; "he gave it a
good drenching" [syn: drenching, soaking, souse,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
32 Moby Thesaurus words for "drenching":
brewing, dampening, drench, ducking, dunking, humectant,
imbruement, imbuement, impregnation, infiltration, infusion,
injection, irrigational, irriguous, leaching, lixiviation,
maceration, moistening, percolation, permeation, pulping,
saturation, seething, soak, soakage, soaking, sopping, souse,
sousing, steeping, watering, wetting