To suffocate beneath some liquid interjecting between the oxygen in the air and your lungs. Interestingly, the lungs cannot function without a small small layer of moisture covering the tubes inside of them, so we are constantly drowning to some degree.

Drown (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Drowned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Drowning.] [OE. drunen, drounen, earlier drunknen, druncnien, AS. druncnian to be drowned, sink, become drunk, fr. druncen drunken. See Drunken, Drink.]

To be suffocated in water or other fluid; to perish in water.

Methought, what pain it was to drown. Shak.


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Drown, v. t.


To overwhelm in water; to submerge; to inundate.

"They drown the land."



To deprive of life by immersion in water or other liquid.


To overpower; to overcome; to extinguish; -- said especially of sound.

Most men being in sensual pleasures drowned. Sir J. Davies.

My private voice is drowned amid the senate. Addison.

To drown up, to swallow up. [Obs.]



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