• IPA: /dɹɛntʃ/

drench (plural drenches)

  1. A draught administered to an animal.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene iv]:
      Give my roan horse a drench.
  2. (obsolete) A drink; a draught; specifically, a potion of medicine poured or forced down the throat; also, a potion that causes purging.
    • A drench of wine has with success been us'd,
      And through a horn the gen'rous juice infus'd,
      Which, timely taken, op'd his closing jaws,
      But, if too late, the patient's death did cause.
    • 1907, Mark Twain, Christian Science and the Book of Mrs. Eddy
      I took up the 'Christian Scientist' book and read half of it, then took a dipperful of drench and read the other half.

drench (drenches, present participle drenching; past and past participle drenched)

  1. To soak, to make very wet.
    • Now dam the ditches and the floods restrain; / Their moisture has already drenched the plain.
  2. To cause to drink; especially, to dose (e.g. a horse) with medicine by force.
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drench (plural drenches)

  1. (obsolete, UK) A military vassal, mentioned in the Domesday Book.

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