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Dictionary Definition

drain

Noun

1 emptying accomplished by draining [syn: drainage]
2 tube inserted into a body cavity (as during surgery) to remove unwanted material
3 a pipe through which liquid is carried away [syn: drainpipe, waste pipe]
4 a gradual depletion of energy or resources; "a drain on resources"; "a drain of young talent by emmigration"

Verb

1 flow off gradually; "The rain water drains into this big vat" [syn: run out]
2 deplete of resources; "The exercise class drains me of energy"
3 empty of liquid; drain the liquid from; "We drained the oil tank"
4 make weak; "Life in the camp drained him" [syn: enfeeble, debilitate]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  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. An act of urination.

Related terms

Translations

A conduit for liquids
Something consuming resources with no gains

Verb

  1. 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. To deplete of energy or resources.
    The stress of this job is really draining me.
  5. To explore a drain or other tunnel system

Derived terms

Translations

Cause liquid to flow out of
Dry out a wet place
Deplete of energy
Explore a drain

Extensive Definition

Drain may refer to:
drain in French: Drain

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