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DRENCH, verb transitive [G., to water, to soak. See Drink and Drag.]

1. To wet thoroughly; to soak; to fill or cover with water or other liquid; as garments drenched in rain or in the sea; the flood has drenched the earth; swords drenched in blood.

2. To saturate with drink.

3. To purge violently.

DRENCH, noun A draught; a swill; also, a portion of medicine to purge a beast, particularly a horse. Hence, a violent dose of physic to be forced down the throat.