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Meaning of drain by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • Rhymes: -eɪn


    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


    drain ( plural: drains )

    1. A conduit allowing liquid to flow out of an otherwise contained volume .
      The drain in the kitchen sink is clogged .
    2. Something consuming resources and providing nothing in return .
      That rental property is a drain on our finances .
    3. ( vulgar ) An act of urination .
    4. ( electronics ) The name of one terminal of a field effect transistor ( FET ) .

    Derived terms


    drain ( third-person singular simple present drains present participle draining, simple past and past participle drained )

    1. ( intransitive ) To lose liquid .
      The clogged sink drained slowly .
    2. ( transitive, ergative ) To cause liquid to flow out of .
      Please drain the sink. It's full of dirty water .
    3. ( transitive, ergative ) To convert a perennially wet place into a dry one .
      They had to drain the swampy land before the parking lot could be built .
    4. ( transitive ) To deplete of energy or resources .
      The stress of this job is really draining me .
    5. ( intransitive, pinball ) To fall off the bottom of the playfield.

    Derived terms


    • Darin, dinar, Drina, Indra, Nadir, nadir, Ndari, ranid

Explanation of drain by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make weak

    2. Life in the camp drained him
    3. empty of liquid

    4. We drained the oil tank
    5. deplete of resources

    6. The exercise class drains me of energy
    7. flow off gradually

    8. The rain water drains into this big vat
    1. emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it

    2. a gradual depletion of energy or resources

    3. a drain on resources
      a drain of young talent by emigration
    4. a pipe through which liquid is carried away

    5. tube inserted into a body cavity ( as during surgery ) to remove unwanted material

    Definition of drain by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. 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”.

    3. 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.