Dredger to Drift

(Dredg"er) n.

1. One who fishes with a dredge.

2. A dredging machine.

(Dredg"er), n. (Cookery) A box with holes in its lid; — used for sprinkling flour, as on meat or a breadboard; — called also dredging box, drudger, and drudging box.

(Dree) v. t. [AS. dreógan to bear, endure, complete.] To endure; to suffer. [Scot.]

(Dree), v. i. To be able to do or endure. [Obs.]

(Dree), a. Wearisome; tedious. [Prov. Eng.]

(Dreg) n. [Prob. from Icel. dregg; akin to Sw. drägg, cf. Icel. & Sw. draga to draw. Cf. Draw.] Corrupt or defiling matter contained in a liquid, or precipitated from it; refuse; feculence; lees; grounds; sediment; hence, the vilest and most worthless part of anything; as, the dregs of society.

We, the dregs and rubbish of mankind.

Used formerly (rarely) in the singular, as by Spenser and Shakespeare, but now chiefly in the plural.

(Dreg"gi*ness) n. Fullness of dregs or lees; foulness; feculence.

(Dreg"gish) a. Foul with lees; feculent. Harvey.

(Dreg"gy) a. Containing dregs or lees; muddy; foul; feculent. Boyle.

(Drein) v. i. To drain. [Obs.] Congreve.

(Drein"te imp., Dreint) p. p. of Drench to drown. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(||Dreis"se*na) n. [NL. Named after Dreyssen, a Belgian physician.] (Zoöl.) A genus of bivalve shells of which one species (D. polymorpha) is often so abundant as to be very troublesome in the fresh waters of Europe.

(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. dränka, G. tränken. 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.

(Drench), n. [AS. drenc. See Drench, v. t.] 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." Dryden.

Give my roan horse a drench.

(Drench), n. [AS. dreng warrior, soldier, akin to Icel. drengr.] (O. Eng. Law) A military vassal mentioned in Domesday Book. [Obs.] Burrill.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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