Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary



DRAPET, n. Cloth; coverlet. [Not in use.]

DRASTIC, a. [Gr., to make.] Powerful; acting with strength or violence; efficacious; as a drastic cathartic.

DRAUGH. [See Draff.]

DRAUGHT, n. Draft. [from draw, drag.]

1. The act of drawing; as a horse or ox fit for draught.

2. The quality of being drawn; as a cart of plow of easy draught.

3. The drawing of liquor into the mouth and throat; the act of drinking.

4. The quantity of liquor drank at once.

5. The act of delineating, or that which is delineated; a representation by lines, as the figure of a house, a machine, a fort, etc., described on paper.

6. Representation by picture; figure painted, or drawn by the pencil.

7. The act of drawing a net; a sweeping for fish.

8. That which is taken by sweeping with a net; as a draught of fishes. Luke 5:9.

9. The drawing or bending of a bow; the act of shooting with a bow and arrow.

10. The act of drawing men from a military band, army or post; also, the forces drawn; a detachment. [See Draft, which is more generally used.]

11. A sink or drain. Matthew 15:17.

12. An order for the payment of money; a bill of exchange. [See Draft.]

13. The depth of water necessary to float a ship, or the depth a ship sinks in water, especially when laden; as a ship of twelve feet draught.

14. In England, a small allowance on weighable goods, made by the king to the importer, or by the seller to the buyer, to insure full weight.

15. A sudden attack or drawing on an enemy. [Query.]

16. A writing composed.

17. Draughts, a kind of game resembling chess.

DRAUGHT, v.t. To draw out; to call forth. [See Draft.]

DRAUGHT-HOOKS, n. Large hooks of iron fixed on the cheeks of a cannon carriage, two on each side, one near the trunnion hole, and the other at the train; used in drawing the gun backwards and forwards by means of draught ropes.

DRAUGHT-HORSE, n. A horse used in drawing a plow, cart or other carriage, as distinguished from a saddle horse.

DRAUGHT-HOUSE, n. A house for the reception of filth or waste matter.


1. A man who draws writings or designs or one who is skilled in such drawings.

2. One who drinks drams; a tippler.

DRAVE, the old participle of drive. We now use drove.

DRAW, v.t. pret. drew; pp. drawn. [L. It is only a dialectical spelling of drag, which see.]

1. To pull along; to haul; to cause to move forward by force applied in advance of the thing moved or at the fore-end, as by a rope or chain. It differs from drag only in this, that drag is more generally applied to things moved along the ground by sliding, or moved with greater toil or difficulty, and draw is applied to all bodies moved by force in advance, whatever may be the degree of force. Draw is the more general or generic term, and drag, more specific. We say, the horses draw a coach or wagon, but they drag it through mire; yet draw is properly used in both cases.

2. To pull out, as to draw a sword or dagger from its sheath; to unsheathe. Hence, to draw the sword, is to wage war.

3. To bring by compulsion; to cause to come.

Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seat? James 2:6.

4. To pull up or out; to raise from any depth; as, to draw water from a well.

5. To suck; as, to draw the breasts.

6. To attract; to cause to move or tend towards itself; as a magnet or other attracting body is said to draw it.

7. To attract; to cause to turn towards itself; to engage; as, a beauty or a popular speaker draws the eyes of an assembly, or draws their attention.

8. To inhale; to take air into the lungs; as, there I first drew air; I draw the sultry air.

9. To pull or take from a spit, as a piece of meat.

10. To take from a cask or vat; to cause or to suffer a liquid to run out; a, to draw wine or cider.

11. To take a liquid form the body; to let out; as, to draw blood or water.

12. To take from an over; as, to draw bread.

13. To cause to slide; as a curtain, either in closing or unclosing; to open or unclose and discover, or to close and conceal. To draw the curtain is used in both sense.

14. To extract; as, to draw spirit from grain or juice.

15. To produce; to bring, as an agent or efficient cause; usually followed by a modifying word; as, piety draws down blessings; crimes draw down vengeance; vice draws on us many temporal evils; war draws after it a train of calamities.

16. To move gradually or slowly; to extend.

They drew themselves more westerly.

17. To lengthen; to extend in length.

How long her face is drawn.

In some similes, men draw their comparisons into minute particulars of no importance.

18. To utter in a lingering manner; as, to draw a groan.

19. To run or extend, by marking or forming; as, to draw a line on paper, or a line of circumvallation. Hence,

20. To represent by lines drawn on a plain surface; to form a picture or image; as, to draw the figure of man; to draw the face. Hence,

21. To describe; to represent by words; as, the orator drew an admirable picture of human misery.

22. To represent in fancy; to image in the mind.

23. To derive; to have or receive from some source, cause or donor; as, to draw the rudiments of science from a civilized nation; to draw consolation from divine promises.

24. To deduce; as, to draw arguments from facts, or inferences from circumstantial evidence.

25. To allure; to entice; to lead by persuasion or moral influence; to excite to motion.

Draw me; we will run after thee. Song of Solomon 1:4.

Men shall arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Acts 20:30.

26. To lead, as a motive; to induce to move.

My purposes do draw me much about.

27. To induce; to persuade; to attract towards; in a very general sense.

28. To win; to gain; a metaphor from gaming.

29. To receive or take, as from a fund; as, to draw money from a bank or from stock in trade.

30. To bear; to produce; as, a bond or note draws interest from its date.

31. To extort; to force out; as, his eloquence drew tears from the audience; to draw sighs or groans.

32. To wrest; to distort; as, to draw the scriptures to ones fancy.

33. To compose; to write in due form; to form in writing; as, to draw a bill of exchange; to draw a deed or will.

34. To take out of a box or wheel, as tickets in a lottery. We say, to draw a lottery, or to draw a number in the lottery.

35. To receive or gain by drawing; as, to draw a prize. We say also, a number draws a prize or a blank, when it is drawn at the same time.

36. To extend; to stretch; as, to draw wine; to draw a piece of metal by beating, etc.

37. To sink into the water; or to require a certain depth of water for floating; as, a ship draws fifteen feet of water.

38. To bend; as, to draw the bow. Isaiah 66:19.

39. To eviscerate; to pull out the bowels; as, to draw poultry.

40. To withdraw. [Not used.]

To draw back, to receive back, as duties on goods for exportation.

To draw in,

1. To collect; to apply to any purpose by violence.

A dispute, in which every thing is drawn in, to give color to the argument.

2. To contract; to pull to a smaller compass; to pull back; as, to draw int he reins.

3. To entice, allure or inveigle; as, to draw in others to support a measure.

To draw off,

1. To draw form or away; also, to withdraw; to abstract; as, to draw off the mind from vain amusements.

2. To draw or take from; to cause to flow from; as, to draw off wine or cider from a vessel.

3. To extract by distillation.

To draw on,

1. To allure; to entice; to persuade or cause to follow.

The reluctant may be drawn on by kindness or caresses.

2. To occasion; to invite; to bring on; to cause.

Under color of war, which either his negligence drew on, or his practices procured, he levied a subsidy.

To draw over,

1. To raise, or cause to come over, as in a still.

2. To persuade or induce to revolt from an opposing party, and to join ones own party. Some men may be drawn over by interest; others by fear.

To draw out,

1. To lengthen; to stretch by force; to extend.

2. To beat or hammer out; to extend or spread by beating, as a metal.

3. To lengthen in time; to protract; to cause to continue.

Thy unkindness shall his death draw out to lingering sufferance.

Wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations? Psalm 85:5.

4. To cause to issue forth; to draw off; as liquor from a cask.

5. To extract, as the spirit of a substance.

6. To bring forth; to pump out, by questioning or address; to cause to be declared, or brought to light; as, to draw out facts from a witness.

7. To induce by motive; to call forth.

This was an artifice to draw out from us an accusation.

8. To detach; to separate from the main body; as, to draw out a file or part of men.

9. To range in battle; to array in a line.

To draw together, to collect or be collected.

To draw up,

1. To raise; to lift; to elevate.

2. To form in order of battle; to array.

3. To compose in due form, as a writing; to form in writing; as, to draw up a deed; to draw up a paper.

In this use, it is often more elegant to omit the modifying word. [See No. 33.]

DRAW, v.i.

1. To pull; to exert strength in drawing. We say, a horse or an ox draws well.

2. To act as a weight.

Watch the bias of the mind, that it may not draw too much.

3. To shrink; to contract into a smaller compass.

4. To move; to advance. The day draws towards evening.

5. To be filled or inflated with wind, so as to press on and advance a ship in her course; as, the sails draw.

6. To unsheathe a sword. His love drew to defend him. In this phrase, sword is understood.

7. To use or practice the art of delineating figures; as, he draws with exactness.

8. To collect the matter of an ulcer or abscess; to cause to suppurate; to excite to inflammation, maturation and discharge; as, an epispastic draws well.

To draw back,

1. To retire; to move back; to withdraw.

2. To renounce the faith; to apostatize. Hebrews 10:38, 39.

To draw near or nigh, to approach; to come near.

To draw off, to retire; to retreat; as, the company drew off by degrees.

To draw on,

1. To advance; to approach; as, the day draws on.

2. To gain on; to approach in pursuit; as, the ship drew on the chase.

3. To demand payment by an order or bill, called a draught.

He drew on his factor for the amount of the shipment.

You may draw on me for the expenses of your journey.

To draw up, to form in regular order; as, the troops drew up in front of the palace; the fleet drew up in a semicircle.

Draw, in most of its uses, retains some shade of its original sense, to pull, to move forward by the application of force in advance, or to extend in length. And Johnson justly observes, that it expresses an action gradual or continuous, and leisurely. We pour liquor quick, but we draw it in a continued stream. We force compliance by threats, but we draw it by gradual prevalence. We write a letter with haste, but we draw a bill with slow caution, and regard to a precise form. We draw a bar of metal by continued beating.

DRAW, n.

1. The act of drawing.

2. The lot or chance drawn.

DRAWABLE, a. That may be drawn.


1. Money or an amount paid back. Usually, a certain amount of duties or customs, paid or bonded by an importer, paid back or remitted to him on the exportation of the goods; or a certain amount of excise paid back or allowed on the exportation of home manufacturers.

2. In popular sense, any loss of advantage, or deduction from profit.

DRAW-BRIDGE, n. A bridge which may be drawn up or let down to admit or hinder communication, as before the gate of a town or castle, or in a bridge over a navigable river. In the latter, the draw-bridge usually consists of two movable platforms, which may be raised to let a vessel pass through.

DRAW-NET, n. A net for catching the larger sorts of fowls, made of pack-thread, with wide meshes.

DRAW-WELL, n. A deep well, from which water is drawn by a long cord or pole.

DRAWEE, n. The person on whom an order or bill of exchange is drawn; the payer of a bill or exchange.


1. One who draws or pulls; one who takes water from a well; one who draws liquors from a cask.

2. That which draws or attracts, or has the power of attraction.

3. He who draws a bill of exchange or an order for the payment of money.

4. A sliding box in a case or table, which is drawn at pleasure.

5. Drawers, in the plural, a close under garment worn on the lower limbs.

DRAWING, ppr. Pulling; hauling; attracting; delineating.


1. The act of pulling, hauling, or attracting.

2. The act of representing the appearance or figures of objects on a plain surface, by means of lines and shades, as with a pencil, crayon, pen, compasses, etc.; delineation.

DRAWING-MASTER, n. One who teaches the art of drawing.


1. A room appropriated for the reception of company; a room in which distinguished personages hold levees, or private persons receive parties. It is written by Coxe, withdrawing-room, a room to which company withdraws from the dining-room.

2. The company assembled in a drawing-room.

DRAWL, v.t. To utter words in a slow lengthened tone.

DRAWL, v.i. To speak with slow utterance.
DRAWL, n. A lengthened utterance of the voice.

DRAWLING, ppr. Uttering words slowly.

DRAWN, pp. [See Draw.]

1. Pulled; hauled; allured; attracted; delineated; extended; extracted; derived; deduced; written.

2. Equal, where each party takes his own stake; as a drawn game.

3. Having equal advantage, and neither party a victory; as a drawn battle.

4. With a sword drawn.

5. Moved aside, as a curtain; unclosed, or closed.

6. Eviscerated; as a drawn fox.

7. Induced, as by a motive; as, men are drawn together by similar views, or by motives of interest.

Drawn and quartered, drawn on a sled, and cut into quarters.

DRAY, n. [L.]

1. A low cart or carriage on wheels, drawn by a horse.

2. A sled.

DRAY-CART, n. A dray.

DRAY-HORSE, n. A horse used for drawing a dray.

DRAY-MAN, n. A man who attends a dray.

DRAY-PLOW, n. A particular kind of plow.

DRAZEL, n. Drazl. A dirty woman; a slut. [This is a vulgar word; in New England pronounced drozl, and I believe always applied to a female.]

DREAD, n. Dred. [L., to dread; fearful; to tremble. The primary sense is probably to tremble, or to shrink.]

1. Great fear, or apprehension of evil or danger. It expresses more than fear, and less than terror or fright. It is an uneasiness or alarm excited by expected pain, loss or other evil. We speak of the dread of evil; the dread of suffering; the dread of the divine displeasure. It differs from terror also in being less sudden or more continued.

2. Awe; fear united with respect.

3. Terror.

Shall not his dread fall on you. Job 13:11.

4. The cause of fear; the person or the thing dreaded.

Let him be your dread. Isaiah 8:13.


1. Exciting great fear or apprehension.

2. Terrible; frightful.

3. Awful; venerable in the highest degree; as dread sovereign; dread majesty; dread tribunal.

DREAD, v.t. To fear in a great degree; as, to dread the approach of a storm.
DREAD, v.i. To be in great fear.

Dread not, neither be afraid of them. Deuteronomy 1:29.

DREADABLE, a. That is to be dreaded. [Not used.]

DREADED, pp. Feared.

DREADER, n. One that fears, or lives in fear.


1. Impressing great fear; terrible; formidable; as a dreadful storm, or dreadful night.

The great and dreadful day of the Lord. Malachi 4:5.

2. Awful; venerable.

How dreadful is this place. Genesis 28:17.

DREADFULLY, adv. Terribly; in a manner to be dreaded.

DREADFULNESS, n. Terribleness; the quality of being dreadful; frightfulness.

DREADLESS, a. Fearless; bold; not intimidated; undaunted; free from fear or terror; intrepid.

DREADLESSNESS, n. Fearlessness; undauntedness; freedom from fear or terror; boldness.

DREAM, n. [G.]

1. The thought or series of thoughts of a person in sleep. We apply dream, in the singular, to a series of thoughts, which occupy the mind of a sleeping person, in which he imagines he has a view of real things or transactions. A dream is a series of thoughts not under the command of reason, and hence wild and irregular.

2. In scripture, dreams were sometimes impressions on the minds of sleeping persons, made by divine agency. God came to Abimelech in a dream. Joseph was warned by God in a dream. Genesis 20:3; Matthew 2:13.

3. A vain fancy; a wild conceit; an unfounded suspicion.

DREAM, v.i. pret. dreamed or dreamt. [G.]

1. To have ideas or images in the mind, in the state of sleep; with of before a noun; as, to dream of a battle; to dream of an absent friend.

2. To think; to imagine; as, he little dreamed of his approaching fate.

3. To think idly.

They dream on in a course of reading, without digesting.

4. To be sluggish; to waste time in vain thoughts; as, to dream away life.

DREAM, v.t. To see in a dream.

And dreamt the future fight.

It is followed by a noun of the like signification; as, to dream a dream.


1. One who dreams.

2. A fanciful man; a visionary; one who forms or entertains vain schemes; as a political dreamer.

3. A man lost in wild imagination; a mope; a sluggard.

DREAMFUL, a. Full of dreams.

DREAMING, ppr. Having thoughts or ideas in sleep.

DREAMLESS, a. Free from dreams.

DREAMT, pp. Dremt. From dream.

DREAR, n. Dread; dismalness.

DREAR, n. Dread; dismalness.
DREAR, n. Dread; dismalness.
DREAR, a. Dismal; gloomy with solitude.

A drear and dying sound.

DREARIHEAD, n. Dismalness; gloominess. [Not in use.]

DREARILY, adv. Gloomily; dismally.

DREARIMENT, n. Dismalness; terror.

DREARINESS, n. Dismalness; gloomy solitude.


1. Dismal; gloomy; as a dreary waste; dreary shades. This word implies both solitude and gloom.

2. Sorrowful; distressing; as dreary shrieks.


1. A dragnet for taking oysters, etc.

2. A mixture of oats and barley sown together.

DREDGE, v.t. To take, catch or gather with a dredge.
DREDGE, v.t. To sprinkle flour on roast meat.

DREDGER, n. One who fishes with a dredge; also, an utensil for scattering flour on meat while roasting.

DREDGING-BOX, n. A box used for dredging meat.

DREDGING-MACHINE, n. An engine used to take up mud or gravel from the bottom of rivers, docks, etc.

DREE, v.t. To suffer. [Not used.]

DREGGINESS, n. [from dreggy.] Fullness of dregs or lees; foulness; feculence.

DREGGISH, a. Full of dregs; foul with lees; feculent.

DREGGY, a. [See Dregs.] Containing dregs or lees; consisting of dregs; foul; muddy; feculent.

DREGS, n. plu. [Gr.]

1. The sediment of liquors; lees; grounds; feculence; any foreign matter of liquors that subsides to the bottom of a vessel.

2. Waste or worthless matter; dross; sweepings; refuse. Hence, the most vile and despicable part of men; as the dregs of society.

Dreg, in the singular, is found in Spenser, but is not now used.

DREIN. [See Drain.]

DRENCH, v.t. [G., to water, to soak. See Drink and Drag.]

1. To wet thoroughly; to soak; to fill or cover with water or other liquid; as garments drenched in rain or in the sea; the flood has drenched the earth; swords drenched in blood.

2. To saturate with drink.

3. To purge violently.

DRENCH, n. A draught; a swill; also, a portion of medicine to purge a beast, particularly a horse. Hence, a violent dose of physic to be forced down the throat.

DRENCHED, pp. Soaked; thoroughly wet; purged with a dose.

DRENCHER, n. One who wets or steeps; one who gives a drench to a beast.

DRENCHING, ppr. Wetting thoroughly; soaking; purging.

DRENT, pp. Drenched. [Not in use.]

DRESS, v.t. pret. and pp. dressed or drest. [L.]

1. To make straight or a straight line; to adjust to a right line. We have the primary sense in the military phrase, dress your ranks. Hence the sense, to put in order.

2. To adjust; to put in good order; as, to dress the beds of a garden. Sometimes, to till or cultivate. Genesis 2:15; Deuteronomy 28:39.

3. To put in good order, as a wounded limb; to cleanse a wound, and to apply medicaments. The surgeon dresses the limb or the wound.

4. To prepare, in a general sense; to put in the condition desired; to make suitable or fit; as, to dress meat; to dress leather or cloth; to dress a lamp; but we, in the latter case, generally use trim. To dress hemp or flax, is to break and clean it.

5. To curry, rub and comb; as, to dress a horse; or to break or tame and prepare for service, as used by Dryden; but this is unusual.

6. To put the body in order, or in a suitable condition; to put on clothes; as, he dressed himself for breakfast.

7. To put on rich garments; to adorn; to deck; to embellish; as, the lady dressed herself for a ball.

To dress up, is to clothe pompously or elegantly; as, to dress up with tinsel.

The sense of dress depends on its application. To dress the body, to dress meat, and to dress leather, are very different senses, but all uniting in the sense of preparing or fitting for use.

DRESS, v.i.

1. To arrange in a line; as, look to the right and dress.

2. To pay particular regard to dress or raiment.


1. That which is used as the covering or ornament of the body; clothes; garments; habit; as, the dress of a lady is modest and becoming; a gaudy dress is evidence of a false taste.

2. A suit of clothes; as, the lady has purchased an elegant dress.

3. Splendid clothes; habit of ceremony; as a full dress.

4. Skill in adjusting dress, or the practice of wearing elegant clothing; as men of dress.

DRESSED, pp. Adjusted; made straight; put in order; prepared; trimmed; tilled; clothed; adorned; attired.


1. One who dresses; one who is employed in putting on clothes and adorning another; one who is employed in preparing trimming or adjusting any thing.

2. A side-board; a table or bench on which meat and other things are dressed or prepared for use.

DRESSING, ppr. Adjusting to a line; putting in order; preparing; clothing; embellishing; cultivating.


1. Raiment; attire.

2. That which is used as an application to a wound or sore.

3. That which is used in preparing land for a drop; manure spread over land. When it remains on the surface, it is called a top-dressing.

4. In popular language, correction; a flogging, or beating.

DRESSING-ROOM, n. An apartment appropriated for dressing the person.

DRESS-MAKER, n. A maker of gowns, or similar garments; a mantuamaker.

DRESSY, a. Showy in dress; wearing rich or showy dresses.

DREST, pp. Of dress.

DREUL, v.i. To emit saliva; to suffer saliva to issue and flow down from the mouth.

DRIB, v.t. To crop or cut off; to defalcate.

DRIB, n. A drop. [Not used.]


1. To fall in drops or small drops, or in a quick succession of drops; as, water dribbles from the eaves.

2. To slaver as a child or an idiot.

3. To fall weakly and slowly; as the dribbling dart of love.

DRIBBLE, v.t. To throw down in drops.

DRIBBLET, n. A small piece or part; a small sum; odd money in a sum; as, the money was paid in dribblets.

DRIBBLING, ppr. Falling in drops or small drops.

DRIBBLING, n. A falling in drops.

DRIED, pp. Of dry. Free from moisture or sap.

DRIER, n. [from dry.] That which has the quality of drying; that which may expel or absorb moisture; a desiccative. The sun and northwesterly wind are great driers of the earth.


1. That which is driven by wind or water, as drift seems to be primarily a participle. Hence,

2. A heap of any matter driven together; as a drift of snow, called also a snow-drift; a drift of sand.

3. A driving; a force impelling or urging forward; impulse; overbearing power or influence; as the drift of a passion.

4. Course of any thing; tendency; aim; main force; as the drift of reasoning or argument; the drift of a discourse.

5. Any thing driven by force, as a drift of dust; a log or a raft driven by a stream of water, without guidance.

6. A shower; a number of things driven at once; as a drift of bullets.

7. In mining, a passage cut between shaft and shaft; a passage within the earth.

8. In navigation, the angle which the line of a ships motion makes with the nearest meridian, when she drives with her side to the wind and waves, and is not governed by the helm. Also, the distance which the ship drives on that line.

9. The drift of a current, is its angle and velocity.

DRIFT, v.i.

1. To accumulate in heaps by the force of wind; to be driven into heaps; as, snow or sand drifts.

2. To float or be driven along by a current of water; as, the ship drifted astern; a raft drifted ashore.

DRIFT, v.t. To drive into heaps; as, a current of wind drifts snow or sand.

DRIFTED, pp. Driven along; driven into heaps.

DRIFTING, ppr. Driving by force; driving into heaps.

DRIFT-SAIL, n. In navigation, a sail used under water, veered out right ahead by sheets.

DRIFT-WAY, n. A common way for driving cattle in.

DRIFT-WIND, n. A driving wind; a wind that drives things into heaps.

DRILL, v.t. [G.]

1. To pierce with a drill; to perforate by turning a sharp pointed instrument of a particular form; to bore and make a hole by turning an instrument. We say, to drill a hole through a piece of metal, or to drill a cannon.

2. To draw on; to entice; to amuse and put off.

She drilled him on to five and fifty. [Not elegant.]

3. To draw on from step to step. [Not elegant.]

4. To draw through; to drain; as, waters drilled through a sandy stratum.

5. In a military sense, to teach and train raw soldiers to their duty, by frequent exercise; a common and appropriate use of the word.

6. In husbandry, to sow grain in rows, drills or channels.

DRILL, v.t.

1. To sow in drills.

2. To flow gently.

3. To muster, for exercise.


1. A pointed instrument, used for boring holes, particularly in metals and other hard substances.

2. An ape or baboon.

3. The act of training soldiers to their duty.

4. A small stream; now called a rill. [Drill is formed on the root of rill, G., a channel.]

5. In husbandry, a row of grain, sowed by a drill-plow.

DRILLED, pp. Bored or perforated with a drill; exercised; sown in rows.

DRILLING, ppr. Boring with a drill; training to military duty; sowing in drills.

DRILL-PLOW, n. A plow for sowing grain in drills.

DRINK, v.i. pret. and pp. drank. Old pret. and pp. drunk; pp. Drunken. [G. Drink and drench are radically the same word, and probably drown. We observe that n is not radical.]

1. To swallow liquor, for quenching thirst or other purpose; as, to drink of the brook.

Ye shall indeed drink of my cup. Matthew 20:23.

2. To take spirituous liquors to excess; to be intemperate in the use of spirituous liquors; to be a habitual drunkard.

3. To feast; to be entertained with liquors.

To drink to,

1. To salute in drinking; to invite to drink by drinking first; as, I drink to you grace.

2. To wish well to, in the act of taking the cup.

DRINK, v.t.

1. To swallow, as liquids; to receive, as a fluid, into the stomach; as, to drink water or wine.

2. To suck in; to absorb; to imbibe.

And let the purple violets drink the stream.

3. To take in by any inlet; to hear; to see; as, to drink words or the voice.

I drink delicious poison from thy eye.

4. To take in air; to inhale.

To drink down, is to act on by drinking; to reduce or subdue; as, to drink down unkindness.

To drink off, to drink the whole at a draught; as, to drink off a cup of cordial.

To drink in, to absorb; to take or receive into any inlet.

To drink up, to drink the whole.

To drink health, or to the health, a customary civility in which a person at taking a glass or cup, expresses his respect or kind wishes for another.

DRINK, n. Liquor to be swallowed; any fluid to be taken into the stomach, for quenching thirst, or for medicinal purposes; as water, wine, beer, cider, decoctions, etc.

DRINKABLE, a. That may be drank; fit or suitable for drink; potable.

DRINKER, n. One who drinks, particularly one who practices drinking spirituous liquors to excess; a drunkard; a tipler.

DRINKING, ppr. Swallowing liquor; sucking in; absorbing.


1. The act of swallowing liquors, or of absorbing.

2. The practice of drinking to excess. We say, a man is given to drinking.

DRINKING-HORN, n. A horn cup, such as our rude ancestors used.

DRINKING-HOUSE, n. A house frequented by tiplers; an alehouse.

DRINKLESS, a. Destitute of drink.

DRINK-MONEY, n. Money given to buy liquor for drink.

DRIP, v.i. [G.]

1. To fall in drops; as, water drips from eaves.

2. To have any liquid falling from it in drops; as, a wet garment drips.

DRIP, v.t. To let fall in drops.

The thatch drips fast a shower of rain.

So we say, roasting flesh drips fat.

DRIP, n.

1. A falling in drops, or that which falls in drops.

In building, avoid the drip of your neighbors house.

2. The edge of a roof; the eaves; a large flat member of the cornice.

DRIPPING, ppr. Falling or letting fall in drops.

DRIPPING, n. The fat which falls from meat in roasting; that which falls in drops.

DRIPPING-PAN, n. A pan for receiving the fat which drips from meat in roasting.