(Drench"e) v. t. & i. To drown. [Obs.]
In the sea he drenched.Chaucer.
1. One who, or that which, west or steeps.
2. One who administers a drench.
(Dren"gage) n. (O. Eng. Law) The tenure by which a drench held land. [Obs.] Burrill.
(Drent) p. p. [See Dreinte.] Drenched; drowned. [Obs.] "Condemned to be drent." Spenser.
(Dres"den ware`) A superior kind of decorated porcelain made near Dresden in Saxony.
(Dress) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dressed (drest) or Drest; p. pr. & vb. n. Dressing.] [OF. drecier
to make straight, raise, set up, prepare, arrange, F. dresser, (assumed) LL. directiare, fr. L. dirigere,
directum, to direct; dis- + regere to rule. See Right, and cf. Address, Adroit, Direct, Dirge.]
1. To direct; to put right or straight; to regulate; to order. [Obs.]
At all times thou shalt bless God and pray Him to dress thy ways.Chaucer.
Dress is used reflexively in Old English, in sense of "to direct one's step; to address one's self."
To Grisild again will I me dresse.Chaucer.
2. (Mil.) To arrange in exact continuity of line, as soldiers; commonly to adjust to a straight line and at
proper distance; to align; as, to dress the ranks.
3. (Med.) To treat methodically with remedies, bandages, or curative appliances, as a sore, an ulcer, a
wound, or a wounded or diseased part.
4. To adjust; to put in good order; to arrange; specifically: (a) To prepare for use; to fit for any use; to render
suitable for an intended purpose; to get ready; as, to dress a slain animal; to dress meat; to dress leather
or cloth; to dress or trim a lamp; to dress a garden; to dress a horse, by currying and rubbing; to dress
grain, by cleansing it; in mining and metallurgy, to dress ores, by sorting and separating them.
And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it.Gen. ii. 15.
When he dresseth the lamps he shall burn incense.Ex. xxx. 7.
Three hundred horses . . . smoothly dressed.Dryden.
Dressing their hair with the white sea flower.Tennyson.
If he felt obliged to expostulate, he might have dressed his censures in a kinder form.Carlyle.
(b) To cut to proper dimensions, or give proper shape to, as to a tool by hammering; also, to smooth or