- Rhymes: -eɪn
- A conduit allowing liquid to flow out of an otherwise contained volume .
- Something consuming resources and providing nothing in return .
- ( vulgar ) An act of urination .
- ( electronics ) The name of one terminal of a field effect transistor ( FET ) .
- ( intransitive ) To lose liquid .
- ( transitive, ergative ) To cause liquid to flow out of .
- ( transitive, ergative ) To convert a perennially wet place into a dry one .
- ( transitive ) To deplete of energy or resources .
- ( intransitive, pinball ) To fall off the bottom of the playfield.
- Darin, dinar, Drina, Indra, Nadir, nadir, Ndari, ranid
Middle English dreinen ( verb ) from Old English drēahnian ( “to drain, strain, filter” ), from Proto-Germanic *draug- "dry", akin to Old English drūgian ( “to dry up” ), drūgaþ ( “dryness, drought” ), Old English drȳge ( “dry” ). More at dry
Explanation of drain by Wordnet Dictionary
empty of liquid
flow off gradually
- Drain ( drān ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Drained ( drānd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Draining.] [AS. drehnigean to drain, strain; perh. akin to E. draw.]
1. To draw off by degrees; to cause to flow gradually out or off; hence, to cause the exhaustion of.
Fountains drain the water from the ground adjacent. Bacon.
But it was not alone that the he drained their treasure and hampered their industry. Motley.
2. To exhaust of liquid contents by drawing them off; to make gradually dry or empty; to remove surface water, as from streets, by gutters, etc.; to deprive of moisture; hence, to exhaust; to empty of wealth, resources, or the like; as, “to drain a country of its specie”.
Sinking waters, the firm land to drain,
Filled the capacious deep and formed the main. Roscommon.
3. To filter.
Salt water, drained through twenty vessels of earth, hath become fresh. Bacon.
- Drain, v. i.
1. To flow gradually; as, “the water of low ground drains off”.
2. To become emptied of liquor by flowing or dropping; as, “let the vessel stand and drain”.
- Drain, n.
1. The act of draining, or of drawing off; gradual and continuous outflow or withdrawal; as, “the drain of specie from a country; the project is a drain on resources”.
2. That means of which anything is drained; a channel; a trench; a water course; a sewer; a sink.
3. pl. The grain from the mashing tub; as, “brewers' drains”. [Eng.] Halliwell.
Box drain, Counter drain. See under Box, Counter. -- Right of drain ( Law ), an easement or servitude by which one man has a right to convey water in pipes through or over the estate of another. Kent.
Definition of drain by GCIDE Dictionary