Drug

Definition of Drug

Pronunciation: drŭg
v. i.1.To drudge; to toil laboriously.
n.1.A drudge .
1.Any animal, vegetable, or mineral substance used in the composition of medicines.
2.Any commodity that lies on hand, or is not salable; an article of slow sale, or in no demand; - used often in the phrase "a drug on the market".
And virtue shall a drug become.
- Dryden.
3.any stuff used in dyeing or in chemical operations.
4.any substance intended for use in the treatment, prevention, diagnosis, or cure of disease, especially one listed in the official pharmacopoeia published by a national authority.
5.any substance having psychological effects, such as a narcotic, stimulant, or hallucinogenic agent, especially habit-forming and addictive substances, sold or used illegally; as, a drug habit; a drug treatment program; a teenager into drugs; a drug bust; addicted to drugs; high on drugs.
They [smaller and poorer nations] have lined up to recount how drug trafficking and consumption have corrupted their struggling economies and societies and why they are hard pressed to stop it.
- Christopher S. Wren (N Y. Times, June 10, 1998, p. A5
v. i.1.To prescribe or administer drugs or medicines.
[imp. & p. p. Drugged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Drugging.]
v. t.1.To affect or season with drugs or ingredients; esp., to stupefy by a narcotic drug. Also Fig.
The laboring masses . . . [were] drugged into brutish good humor by a vast system of public spectacles.
- C. Kingsley.
Drug thy memories, lest thou learn it.
- Tennyson.
2.To tincture with something offensive or injurious.
Drugged as oft,
With hatefullest disrelish writhed their jaws.
- Milton.
3.To dose to excess with, or as with, drugs.
With pleasure drugged, he almost longed for woe.
- Byron.

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