- 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.
drain definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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.
- drainer noun
drain definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb drained, drain·ing, drains verb, transitive
- 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 deplete gradually, especially to the point of complete exhaustion. See Synonyms at deplete.b. To fatigue or spend emotionally or physically: The day's events completely drained me of all strength.
- 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: Middle English dreinen, to strain, drain, from Old English drēahnian.
- drainˈa·ble adjective
- drainˈer noun
drain - Computer Definition
One side of a field effect transistor. When the gate is pulsed, current flows from the source to the drain, or vice versa depending on the design. See collector.
drain - Medical Definition
drain - Phrases/Idioms
down the drain
down the drain