from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To kill by submerging and suffocating in water or another liquid.
- transitive v. To drench thoroughly or cover with or as if with a liquid.
- transitive v. To deaden one's awareness of; blot out: people who drowned their troubles in drink.
- transitive v. To muffle or mask (a sound) by a louder sound: screams that were drowned out by the passing train.
- intransitive v. To die by suffocating in water or another liquid.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To be suffocated in water or other fluid; to perish by such suffocation.
- v. To deprive of life by immersion in water or other liquid.
- v. To overwhelm in water; to submerge; to inundate.
- v. To overpower; to overcome; to extinguish; — said especially of sound; usually in the form "to drown out"
- v. To lose, make hard to find or unnoticeable in an abundant mass
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To be suffocated in water or other fluid; to perish in water.
- transitive v. To overwhelm in water; to submerge; to inundate.
- transitive v. To deprive of life by immersion in water or other liquid.
- transitive v. To overpower; to overcome; to extinguish; -- said especially of sound.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be suffocated by immersion in water or other liquid.
- To suffocate by immersion in water or other liquid; hence, to destroy, extinguish, or ruin by or as if by submersion.
- To overflow; inundate: as, to drown land.
- Figuratively, to plunge deeply; submerge; overwhelm: as, to drown remorse in sensual pleasure.
- In physical geography, to submerge beneath the waters of a lake or ocean: said of a valley that is thus converted into a bay by a relative change of land- and water-level. See drowned stream.
- In tobacco culture, to injure by long-continued rain followed by warm sunshine. The tobacco soon wilts under these conditions. Also called scald.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. kill by submerging in water
- v. cover completely or make imperceptible
- v. die from being submerged in water, getting water into the lungs, and asphyxiating
- v. be covered with or submerged in a liquid
- v. get rid of as if by submerging
Middle English drounen, probably of Scandinavian origin; see dhreg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain. (Wiktionary)