Soak to Social
(Soak) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Soaked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Soaking.] [OE. soken, AS. socian to sioak,
steep, fr. scan, sgan, to suck. See Suck.]
1. To cause or suffer to lie in a fluid till the substance has imbibed what it can contain; to macerate in
water or other liquid; to steep, as for the purpose of softening or freshening; as, to soak cloth; to soak
bread; to soak salt meat, salt fish, or the like.
2. To drench; to wet thoroughly.
Their land shall be soaked with blood.Isa. xxiv. 7.
3. To draw in by the pores, or through small passages; as, a sponge soaks up water; the skin soaks in
4. To make (its way) by entering pores or interstices; often with through.
The rivulet beneath soaked its way obscurely through wreaths of snow.Sir W. Scott.
5. Fig.: To absorb; to drain. [Obs.] Sir H. Wotton.
(Soak), v. i.
1. To lie steeping in water or other liquid; to become sturated; as, let the cloth lie and soak.
2. To enter (into something) by pores or interstices; as, water soaks into the earth or other porous matter.
3. To drink intemperately or gluttonously. [Slang]
(Soak"age) n. The act of soaking, or the state of being soaked; also, the quantity that enters or
issues by soaking.
1. One who, or that which, soaks.
2. A hard drinker. [Slang] South.
(Soak"ing), a. Wetting thoroughly; drenching; as, a soaking rain. Soak"ing*ly, adv.
(Soak"y) a. Full of moisture; wet; soppy.
1. The sole of a shoe. [Obs. or R.]
2. (Zoöl.) See Sole, the fish. [Obs.]
(Soal), n. [AS. sol mire. Cf. Sully.] A dirty pond. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
(Soam) n. A chain by which a leading horse draws a plow. Knight.
(Soap) n. [OE. sope, AS. sape; akin to D. zeep, G. seife, OHG. seifa, Icel. sapa, Sw. spa,
Dan. sbe, and perhaps to AS. sipan to drip, MHG. sifen, and L. sebum tallow. Cf. Saponaceous.]
A substance which dissolves in water, thus forming a lather, and is used as a cleansing agent. Soap
is produced by combining fats or oils with alkalies or alkaline earths, usually by boiling, and consists of
salts of sodium, potassium, etc., with the fatty acids See the Note below, and cf. Saponification. By
extension, any compound of similar composition or properties, whether used as a cleaning agent or not.