Soak·ing, a. Wetting thoroughly; drenching; as, a soaking rain. -- Soak*ing*ly, adv.
Soak v. t. [imp. & p. p. Soaked p. pr. & vb. n. Soaking.]
1. To cause or suffer to lie in a fluid till the substance has imbibed what it can contain; to macerate in water or other liquid; to steep, as for the purpose of softening or freshening; as, to soak cloth; to soak bread; to soak salt meat, salt fish, or the like.
2. To drench; to wet thoroughly.
Their land shall be soaked with blood. --Isa. xxiv. 7.
3. To draw in by the pores, or through small passages; as, a sponge soaks up water; the skin soaks in moisture.
4. To make (its way) by entering pores or interstices; -- often with through.
The rivulet beneath soaked its way obscurely through wreaths of snow. --Sir W. Scott.
5. Fig.: To absorb; to drain. [Obs.]
adj : wet through and through; thoroughly wet; "stood at the door
drenched (or soaked) by the rain"; "a shirt saturated
with perspiration"; "his shoes were sopping (or
soaking)"; "the speaker's sodden collar"; "soppy
clothes" [syn: drenched, saturated, soaked, sodden,
n 1: the process of becoming softened and saturated as a
consequence of being immersed in water (or other
liquid); "a good soak put life back in the wagon" [syn:
2: the act of making something completely wet; "he gave it a
good drenching" [syn: drenching, souse, sousing]
3: washing something by allowing it to soak [syn: soak]
adv : extremely wet; "dripping wet"; "soaking wet" [syn: sopping,