Definition of Drain

1. Noun. Emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it.

Exact synonyms: Drainage
Generic synonyms: Emptying, Evacuation, Voidance

2. Verb. Flow off gradually. "The water drains "; "The rain water drains into this big vat"
Exact synonyms: Run Out
Generic synonyms: Course, Feed, Flow, Run
Derivative terms: Drainage

3. Noun. Tube inserted into a body cavity (as during surgery) to remove unwanted material.
Generic synonyms: Tube, Tubing
Category relationships: Surgery

4. Verb. Deplete of resources. "The exercise class drains me of energy"

5. Noun. A pipe through which liquid is carried away.
Exact synonyms: Drainpipe, Waste Pipe
Specialized synonyms: Culvert, Scupper, Cloaca, Sewer, Sewerage, Soil Pipe, Trap
Generic synonyms: Pipage, Pipe, Piping

6. Verb. Empty of liquid; drain the liquid from. "They drain the water "; "We drained the oil tank"
Generic synonyms: Empty
Derivative terms: Drainage

7. Noun. A gradual depletion of energy or resources. "A drain of young talent by emigration"
Generic synonyms: Depletion
Specialized synonyms: Drawing, Drawing Off, Brain Drain

8. Verb. Make weak. "The performance is likely to drain Sue"; "Life in the camp drained him"
Exact synonyms: Debilitate, Enfeeble
Generic synonyms: Weaken
Specialized synonyms: Emaciate, Macerate, Waste
Derivative terms: Debilitation, Debilitative, Debility, Enfeeblement

Definition of Drain

1. v. t. To draw off by degrees; to cause to flow gradually out or off; hence, to cause the exhaustion of.

2. v. i. To flow gradually; as, the water of low ground drains off.

3. n. The act of draining, or of drawing off; gradual and continuous outflow or withdrawal; as, the drain of specie from a country.

Definition of Drain

1. Noun. A conduit allowing liquid to flow out of an otherwise contained volume. ¹

2. Noun. Something consuming resources and providing nothing in return. ¹

3. Noun. (vulgar) An act of urination. ¹

4. Noun. (electronics) The name of one terminal of a field effect transistor (FET). ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To lose liquid. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive ergative) To cause liquid to flow out of. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive ergative) To convert a perennially wet place into a dry one. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To deplete of energy or resources. ¹

9. Verb. (intransitive pinball) To fall off the bottom of the playfield. ¹

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Definition of Drain

1. to draw off a liquid [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Drain

1. 1. To draw off fluid from a cavity as it forms. 2. A device, usually in the shape of a tube or wick, for removing fluid as it collects in a cavity, especially a wound cavity. Origin: A. S. Drehnian, to draw off (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Drain

drags on
drain (current term)
drain-trap stomach
drain basket
drain plug
drain the cup
drain the lizard
drain the main vein
drainage area
drainage basin
drainage basins
drainage ditch
drainage pipe
drainage system

Literary usage of Drain

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Bulletin Mount Vernon (Westchester County (1906)
""Where under drainage is needed the drain should not be lees than three to four ... Fall of the drain. "The fall of the drain will usually conform somewhat ..."

2. A Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and by Russell Sturgis (1901)
"To run off, or to be conveyed away, as by a drain. drainAGE. ... The word "house drain" is often applied to pipe channels which remove house sewage (see ..."

3. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1912)
"In the city dispensaries where most of these infections are observed, every type of drainage has been employed, including gauze, rubber tissue, rubber drain ..."

4. Young India: An Interpretation and a History of the Nationalist Movement by Lajpat Rai (1916)
"The annual drain of £3000000 from British India has mounted in thirty years, ... During the last thirty years of the century the average drain cannot have ..."

5. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1886)
"In 8 cases the supra- vaginal wound was left open without a drain. Of these 8, 4 died. On the other hand, in 222 cases the peritoneal cavity was left open ..."

6. Annual Report by Ohio State Board of Agriculture (1861)
"In digging down to, and boxing up these connections, we found the original drain sound and perfect in every instance. I have no fears of my drains crumbling ..."

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