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[dreyn] /dreɪn/
verb (used with object)
to withdraw or draw off (a liquid) gradually; remove slowly or by degrees, as by filtration:
to drain oil from a crankcase.
to withdraw liquid gradually from; make empty or dry by drawing off liquid:
to drain a crankcase.
to exhaust the resources of:
to drain the treasury.
to deprive of strength; tire.
verb (used without object)
to flow off gradually.
to become empty or dry by the gradual flowing off of liquid or moisture:
This land drains into the Mississippi.
something, as a pipe or conduit, by which a liquid drains.
Surgery. a material or appliance for maintaining the opening of a wound to permit free exit of fluids.
gradual or continuous outflow, withdrawal, or expenditure.
something that causes a large or continuous outflow, expenditure, or depletion:
Medical expenses were a major drain on his bank account.
an act of draining.
Physical Geography.
  1. an artificial watercourse, as a ditch or trench.
  2. a natural watercourse modified to increase its flow of water.
go down the drain,
  1. to become worthless or profitless.
  2. to go out of existence; disappear.
Origin of drain
before 1000; Middle English dreynen, Old English drēhnian, drēahnian to strain, filter; akin to dry
Related forms
drainable, adjective
drainer, noun
overdrain, verb
undrainable, adjective
undrained, adjective
well-drained, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for drain
  • Remove from the oil and drain on absorbent paper towels.
  • Pour milk and butter into strainer and let drain briefly.
  • Then, remove the hose and let the excess fluid in the hose drain back into the source.
  • drain through a strainer, and rinse until the water runs clear.
  • When the current applied by the gate is high enough, electrons flow through the channel between the source and drain electrodes.
  • The gate controls the flow of current through the channel from a source electrode to a drain electrode.
  • Remove them from the oil and drain them on a paper towel-lined sheet tray.
  • drain opening agents are chemicals used to open clogged drains, often in homes.
  • They immediately halted the discharges and began installing piping to drain the water into the sanitary sewer.
  • Overall, the brain drain actually helps poor countries.
British Dictionary definitions for drain


a pipe or channel that carries off water, sewage, etc
an instance or cause of continuous diminution in resources or energy; depletion
(surgery) a device, such as a tube, for insertion into a wound, incision, or bodily cavity to drain off pus, etc
(electronics) the electrode region in a field-effect transistor into which majority carriers flow from the interelectrode conductivity channel
down the drain, wasted
(transitive) often foll by off. to draw off or remove (liquid) from: to drain water from vegetables, to drain vegetables
(intransitive) often foll by away. to flow (away) or filter (off)
(intransitive) to dry or be emptied as a result of liquid running off or flowing away: leave the dishes to drain
(transitive) to drink the entire contents of (a glass, cup, etc)
(transitive) to consume or make constant demands on (resources, energy, etc); exhaust; sap
(intransitive) to disappear or leave, esp gradually: the colour drained from his face
(transitive) (of a river, etc) to carry off the surface water from (an area)
(intransitive) (of an area) to discharge its surface water into rivers, streams, etc
Derived Forms
drainable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English drēahnian; related to Old Norse drangr dry wood; see dry
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Word Origin and History for drain

Old English dreahnian "to drain, strain out," from Proto-Germanic *dreug-, source of drought, dry, giving the English word originally a sense of "make dry." Figurative meaning of "exhaust" is attested from 1650s. The word is not found in surviving texts between late Old English and the 1500s. Related: Drained; draining.


1550s, from drain (v.).

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drain in Medicine

drain (drān)
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. v. drained, drain·ing, drains
To draw off a liquid gradually as it forms.

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Slang definitions & phrases for drain
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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drain in Technology

(IBM) To allow a system to complete the processing of its current work before the system becomes unavailable. E.g. draining a device before taking it off-line or telling a web server in a server farm not to accept any new requests but to finish processing any requests it has already accepted.
[Jargon File]

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Idioms and Phrases with drain
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