Dictionary: DRINK – DRIV'EL

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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. – Dryden.
  3. To take in by any inlet; to hear; to see; as, to drink words or the voice. – Shak. Pope. I drink delicious poison from thy eye. – Pope.
  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. – Shak. 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.


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


A liquor that may be drank. – Steele.


State of being drinkable.


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


Addicted to an excessive use of spirituous liquors.


  1. The act of swallowing liquors, or of absorbing.
  2. The practice of drinking to excess. We say, a man is given to drinking.


Swallowing liquor; sucking in; absorbing.


A horn cup, such as our rude ancestors used.


A house frequented by tipplers; an alehouse.


Destitute of drink. – Chaucer.


Money given to buy liquor for drink.

DRIP, n.

  1. A falling in drops, or that which falls in drops. In building, avoid the drip of your neighbor's house.
  2. The edge of a roof; the eaves; a large flat member of the cornice. – Bailey. Chambers.

DRIP, v.i. [Sax. drypan, driopan, dropian, to drip, to drop; D. druipen; G. triefen; Sw. drypa; Dan. drypper. This seems to be of the same family as drop. Hence dribble, dripple, drivel. The Ar. has the precise word نَرَفَ tharafa, to drop or distill. Qu. רעף Heb. and Ar. to drop. The Persic has تِرأَبِيدَبْ tirabidan, to exsude. See Class Rb, No. 11, 35.]

  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. – Swift. So we say, roasting flesh drips fat.


Let fall in drops.


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


Falling or letting fall in drops.


A pan for receiving the fat which drips from meat in roasting.


Weak or rare. [Not in use.]


Passage in a carriage; short excursion in riding. – Boswell.

DRIVE, v.i.

  1. To be forced along; to be impelled; to be moved by any physical force or agent; as, a ship drives before the wind.
  2. To rush and press with violence; as, a storm drives against the house. Fierce Boreas drove against his flying sails. – Dryden.
  3. To pass in a carriage; as, he drove to London. This phrase is elliptical. He drove his horses or carriage to London.
  4. To aim at or tend to; to urge toward a point; to make an effort to reach or obtain; as, we know the end the author is driving at.
  5. To aim a blow; to strike at with force. Four rogues in buckram let drive at me. – Shak. Drive, in all its senses, implies forcible or violent action. It is opposed to lead. To drive a body is to move it by applying a force behind; to lead is to cause to move by applying the force before, or forward of the body.

DRIVE, v.t. [pret. drove, formerly drave; pp. driven; Sax. drifan; Goth. dreiban; D. dryven; G. treiben; Sw. drifva; Dan. driver; also Sax. dryfan, to vex; adrifan, to drive. From the German we have thrive. See Ar. طَرَفَ tarafa, to drive. Class Rb, No. 29, and Heb. Syr. Ar. רוב, id. No. 4.]

  1. To impel or urge forward by force; to force; to move by physical force. We drive a nail into wood with a hammer; the wind or a current drives a ship on the ocean.
  2. To compel or urge forward by other means than absolute physical force, or by means that compel the will; as, to drive cattle to market. A smoke drives company from the room. A man may be driven by the necessities of the times, to abandon his country. Drive thy business; let not thy business drive thee. – Franklin.
  3. To chase; to hunt. To drive the deer with hound and horn. – Chevy Chase.
  4. To impel a team of horses or oxen to move forward, and to direct their course; hence, to guide or regulate the course of the carriage drawn by them. We say, to drive a team, or to drive a carriage drawn by a team.
  5. To impel to greater speed.
  6. To clear any place by forcing away what is in it. To drive the country, force the swains away. – Dryden.
  7. To force; to compel; in a general sense.
  8. To hurry on inconsiderately; often with on. In this sense it is more generally intransitive.
  9. To distress; to straighten; as, desperate men far driven. – Spenser.
  10. To impel by the influence of passion. Anger and lust often drive men into gross crimes.
  11. To urge; to press; as, to drive an argument.
  12. To impel by moral influence; to compel; as, the reasoning of his opponent drove him to acknowledge his error.
  13. To carry on; to prosecute; to keep in motion; as, to drive a trade; to drive business.
  14. To make light by motion or agitation; as, to drive feathers. His thrice driven bed of down. – Shak. The sense is probably to beat; but I do not recollect this application of the word in America. To drive away, to force to remove to a distance; to expel; to dispel; to scatter. To drive off, to compel to remove from a place; to expel; to drive to a distance. To drive out, to expel.


  1. Slaver; saliva flowing from the mouth. – Dryden.
  2. A driveler; a fool; an idiot. [Not used.]

DRIV'EL, v.i. [driv'l; from the root of drip.]

  1. To slaver; to let spittle drop or flow from the mouth, like a child, idiot or dotard. Sidney. Grew.
  2. To be weak or foolish; to dote; as, a driveling hero; driveling love. – Shak. Dryden.