- The definition of a drain is a pipe or channel that lets something run off.
- A pipe that lets water out of your sink and into the sewer system is an example of a drain.
- A kid who takes all of his parent's money is an example of a drain on his parent's money.
- To drain is defined as to empty, or to cause something to empty of liquid.
- When you open the plug on a sink preventing water from going out and allow the water to go out, this is an example of a time when you drain a sink.
- When a sink is filled with water has its plug opened and the water runs out, this is an example of a time when the sink drains.
- When all of the sadness you were feeling leaves you, this is an example of a time when the sadness drains out of you.
- When water runs off of a driveway, this is an example of a time when the driveway drains.
- When soil becomes drier, this is an example of a time when the soil drains.
- When you drink an entire glass of milk, this is an example of a time when you drain the glass.
Water going down the drain.
- to draw off (liquid) gradually
- to draw water or any liquid from gradually so as to dry or empty: to drain swamps
- to receive the waters of: the St. Lawrence drains the Great Lakes
- to drink all the liquid from (a cup, glass, etc.)
- to exhaust (strength, emotions, or resources) gradually
- Obsolete to filter
Origin of drainMiddle English dreinen ; from Old English dreahnian, to strain off, literally , to dry out ; from base of dryge, dry
- to flow off gradually
- to become dry by the drawing or flowing off of liquid
- to disappear gradually: his courage drained away
- to discharge its waters: central Europe drains into the Danube
- a channel or pipe for carrying off water, sewage, etc.
- a draining or exhausting
- that which gradually exhausts strength, resources, etc.
- Surgery a tube or other device for drawing off discharge, fluid, etc. from a cavity, wound, etc.
down the drain
verbdrained, drain·ing, drains
- To draw off (a liquid) by a gradual process: drained water from the sink.
- a. To cause liquid to go out from; empty: drained the bathtub; drain the pond.b. To draw off the surface water of: The Mississippi River drains a vast area.
- To drink all the contents of: drained the cup.
- a. To cause (a resource or supply of something) to be used up gradually and often completely. See Synonyms at deplete.b. To fatigue or spend emotionally or physically: The day's events drained me of energy.
- Sports To put (a ball or shot) into a hole or basket, as in golf or basketball: drained the putt for a birdie.
- To flow off or out: Gasoline drained slowly from the tilted can.
- To become empty by the drawing off of liquid: watched the tub slowly drain.
- To discharge surface or excess water: The Niagara River drains into Lake Ontario. When flooded, the swamp drains northward.
- To become gradually depleted; dwindle: felt his enthusiasm draining.
- A pipe or channel by which liquid is drawn off.
- Medicine A device, such as a tube, inserted into the opening of a wound or body cavity to facilitate discharge of fluid or purulent material.
- The act or process of draining.
- a. A gradual outflow or loss; consumption or depletion: the drain of young talent by emigration.b. Something that causes a gradual loss: interruptions that are a drain on my patience.
Origin of drainMiddle English dreinen, to strain, drain, from Old English drēahnian.
- A conduit allowing liquid to flow out of an otherwise contained volume.
- Something consuming resources and providing nothing in return.
- That rental property is a drain on our finances.
- (vulgar) An act of urination.
- (electronics) The name of one terminal of a field effect transistor (FET).
(third-person singular simple present drains, present participle draining, simple past and past participle drained)
- (intransitive) To lose liquid.
- The clogged sink drained slowly.
- (intransitive) To flow gradually.
- The water of low ground drains off.
- (ergative) To cause liquid to flow out of.
- Please drain the sink. It's full of dirty water.
- (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.
- To deplete of energy or resources.
- The stress of this job is really draining me.
- To draw off by degrees; to cause to flow gradually out or off; hence, to exhaust.
- (intransitive, pinball) To fall off the bottom of the playfield.
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