Drain meaning

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To become gradually depleted; dwindle.

Felt his enthusiasm draining.

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To drink all the contents of.

Drained the cup.

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To flow off or out.

Gasoline drained slowly from the tilted can.

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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.

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To draw off (a liquid) by a gradual process.

Drained water from the sink.

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(sports) To put (a ball or shot) into a hole or basket, as in golf or basketball.

Drained the putt for a birdie.

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To become empty by the drawing off of liquid.

Watched the tub slowly drain.

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To discharge surface or excess water.

The Niagara River drains into Lake Ontario. When flooded, the swamp drains northward.

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The act or process of draining.
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To draw off (liquid) gradually.
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To draw water or any liquid from gradually so as to dry or empty.

To drain swamps.

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To receive the waters of.

The St. Lawrence drains the Great Lakes.

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To drink all the liquid from (a cup, glass, etc.)
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To exhaust (strength, emotions, or resources) gradually.
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(obs.) To filter.
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To flow off gradually.
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To become dry by the drawing or flowing off of liquid.
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To disappear gradually.

His courage drained away.

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To discharge its waters.

Central Europe drains into the Danube.

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A channel or pipe for carrying off water, sewage, etc.
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A draining or exhausting.
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That which gradually exhausts strength, resources, etc.
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(surgery) A tube or other device for drawing off discharge, fluid, etc. from a cavity, wound, etc.
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A device, such as a tube, inserted into the opening of a wound or into a body or dental cavity to facilitate discharge of fluid or purulent material.
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To draw off a liquid gradually as it forms.
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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.
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A conduit allowing liquid to flow out of an otherwise contained volume.

(chiefly US, Canada) The drain in the kitchen sink is clogged.

(chiefly UK) An access point or conduit for rainwater that drains directly downstream in a (drainage) basin without going through sewers or water treatment in order to prevent or belay floods.

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Something consuming resources and providing nothing in return.

That rental property is a drain on our finances.

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(vulgar) An act of urination.
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(electronics) The name of one terminal of a field effect transistor (FET).
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(intransitive) To lose liquid.

The clogged sink drained slowly.

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(intransitive) To flow gradually.

The water of low ground drains off.

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(ergative) To cause liquid to flow out of.

Please drain the sink. It's full of dirty water.

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(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.

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To deplete of energy or resources.

The stress of this job is really draining me.

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To draw off by degrees; to cause to flow gradually out or off; hence, to exhaust.
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(intransitive, pinball) To fall off the bottom of the playfield.
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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.

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A pipe or channel by which liquid is drawn off.
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(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.
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down the drain
  • To or into the condition of being wasted or lost:
    All of our best laid plans are down the drain.
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down the drain
  • lost in a wasteful, heedless way
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of drain

  • Middle English dreinen to strain, drain from Old English drēahnian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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

    From Wiktionary