1645–55; drain + -age

overdrainage, noun
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drainage (ˈdreɪnɪdʒ)
1.  the process or a method of draining
2.  a system of watercourses or drains
3.  liquid, sewage, etc, that is drained away

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1650s, from drain + -age.
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drainage drain·age (drā'nĭj)
The removal of fluid or purulent material from a wound or body cavity.

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in agriculture, the artificial removal of water from land; drainage is employed in the reclamation of wetlands, in the prevention of erosion, and as a concomitant of irrigation in the agriculture of arid regions

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Example sentences
Make sure the location has good drainage, since you don't want water to collect
  around the frame after every rain.
It has a primary school, running water and some drainage.
For example they over filled one tank and gasoline was running down the street
  and into the water drainage system.
Decades of drainage projects has vastly decreased the recharge rate of the
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