Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Whoever does not drown is the witch, and we have all sorts of good logs here in Minnesota we can dry out for that eventuality. markgritter noted that this would leave Gov.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • The story that a turkey which looks up during a rainstorm will drown is likely apocryphal, but certainly they seem stupid enough to not look down when they feel their lungs filling up.

    Talking Turkey

  • Damon said he was especially nervous when he was doing a scene in the water, because “to drown is a very human fear.”

    Rose McGowan Injured On Set Of “Red Sonja”

  • The only difference between his stonewalling of Lebanon and the way he let New Orleans drown is that he has put away the banjo this summer, at least in public view.

    Juan Cole on the Misnomer of "Islamic Fascism"

  • I was too busy surfing that I've almost drown aka addicted la.

    Hijack Queen

  • President Obama should withdraw the bulk of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by mid-2013, then "drown" the costs of that withdrawal with a flurry of diplomacy, writes Leslie Gelb of the Daily Beast.

    Leslie Gelb: How To Get Out Of Afghanistan

  • OpEdNews - Quicklink: US soldiers 'drown' in Afghanistan

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: US soldiers 'drown' in Afghanistan

  • If matters continue on their present course, other religions may not "drown," as Belgorod's Catholics worry.

    War Of The Faiths

  • According to the infamous 2002 torture memos, which effectively set the policy, torture no longer means what we all understand that term to mean (physical beatings, shoving suspects under water to "drown" them unless they give up secrets, electric shocks to the genitals, unbearable stress, sexual abuse and humiliation, etc.).

    Control the Dictionary, Control the World

  • He accused the ANC-led Government of National Unity of letting its Ministers "drown" on the "gravy train", thereby eroding its integrity and credibility and mitigating against its pleas for workers to moderate their pay claims.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • "Following on from the cosmetically customized version of the Tesla Roadster which debuted at the Essen Motor Show 2008, German tuning house BRABUS has seen the writing on the wall and launched a second electric car, this time based on a Smart fortwo. Drowned in matt green throughout the exterior and interior, the car comes with the same style monoblock light-alloy wheels and the (somewhat gimmicky) LED Daytime running lights as used on the Tesla."
    - Paul Evans, Smart fortwo BRABUS electric drive, gizmag.com, 4 March 2009.

    March 5, 2009