What does drain mean?

Definitions for drain

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word drain.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. drain, drainagenoun

    emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it

  2. drainnoun

    tube inserted into a body cavity (as during surgery) to remove unwanted material

  3. drain, drainpipe, waste pipenoun

    a pipe through which liquid is carried away

  4. drainverb

    a gradual depletion of energy or resources

    "a drain on resources"; "a drain of young talent by emigration"

  5. drain, run outverb

    flow off gradually

    "The rain water drains into this big vat"

  6. drainverb

    deplete of resources

    "The exercise class drains me of energy"

  7. drainverb

    empty of liquid; drain the liquid from

    "We drained the oil tank"

  8. enfeeble, debilitate, drainverb

    make weak

    "Life in the camp drained him"


  1. drainnoun

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

    The drain in the kitchen sink is clogged.

  2. drainnoun

    Something consuming resources and providing nothing in return.

    That rental property is a drain on our finances.

  3. drainnoun

    An act of urination.

  4. drainnoun

    The name of one terminal of a field effect transistor (FET).

  5. drainverb

    To lose liquid.

    The clogged sink drained slowly.

  6. drainverb

    To cause liquid to flow out of.

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

  7. drainverb

    To convert a perennially wet place into a dry one.

    They had to drain the swampy land before the parking lot could be built.

  8. drainverb

    To deplete of energy or resources.

    The stress of this job is really draining me.

  9. drainverb

    To fall off the bottom of the playfield.

  10. Etymology: dreinen (verb) from deahnian, from draug- "dry", akin to Old English drugian, drugaþ, Old English dryge. More at dry

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Drainnoun

    The channel through which liquids are gradually drawn; a watercourse; a sink.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    If your drains be deep, that you fear cattle falling into them, fling in stones and brickbats, and cover them with wood, flags, and turf. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    Why should I tell of ponds and drains,
    What carps we met with for our pains? Jonathan Swift.

  2. To DRAINverb

    Etymology: trainer, French.

    Salt water, drained through twenty vessels of earth, hath become fresh. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 2.

    The fountains drain the water from the ground adjacent, and leave but sufficient moisture to breed moss. Francis Bacon.

    In times of dearth it drained much coin of the kingdom, to furnish us with corn from foreign parts. Francis Bacon, to Villiers.

    Whilst a foreign war devoured our strength, and drained our treasures, luxury and expences increased at home. Francis Atterbury.

    The last emperor drained the wealth of those countries into his own coffers, without increasing his troops against France. Jonathan Swift.

    Sinking waters, the firm land to drain,
    Fill’d the capacious deep, and form’d the main. Wentworth Dillon.

    The royal babes a tawny wolf shall drain. Dryden.

    While cruel Nero only drains
    The mortal Spaniard’s ebbing veins,
    By study worn, and slack with age,
    How dull, how thoughtless is his rage? Matthew Prior.

    Had the world lasted from all eternity, these comets must have been drained of all their fluids. George Cheyne, Phil. Prin.

    When wine is to be bottled, wash your bottles, but do not drain them. Jonathan Swift, Directions to the Butler.


  1. drain

    A drain is a pipe, channel, or other structure that is used to carry away excess or unwanted water or liquid waste from a particular area or system. This could be in a residential, commercial, or natural environment. The term can also refer to the act of removing such water or liquid waste. Additionally, it can also mean to consume or use up a resource, causing depletion or reduction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drainverb

    to draw off by degrees; to cause to flow gradually out or off; hence, to cause the exhaustion of

  2. Drainverb

    to exhaust of liquid contents by drawing them off; to make gradually dry or empty; to remove surface water, as from streets, by gutters, etc.; to deprive of moisture; hence, to exhaust; to empty of wealth, resources, or the like; as, to drain a country of its specie

  3. Drainverb

    to filter

  4. Drainverb

    to flow gradually; as, the water of low ground drains off

  5. Drainverb

    to become emptied of liquor by flowing or dropping; as, let the vessel stand and drain

  6. Drainnoun

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

  7. Drainnoun

    that means of which anything is drained; a channel; a trench; a water course; a sewer; a sink

  8. Drainnoun

    the grain from the mashing tub; as, brewers' drains

  9. Etymology: [AS. drehnigean to drain, strain; perh. akin to E. draw.]


  1. Drain

    Drain is a city in Douglas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 1,151 at the 2010 census. Drain is named after town founder and politician Charles J. Drain who donated 60 acres to the Oregon and California Railroad in 1871.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Drain

    drān, v.t. to draw off by degrees: to filter: to clear of water by drains: to make dry: to drink dry: to exhaust.—v.i. to flow off gradually.—n. a watercourse: a ditch: a sewer: (slang) a drink: exhausting expenditure.—adj. Drain′able.—ns. Drain′age, the drawing off of water by rivers or other channels: the system of drains in a town; Drain′age-basin, the area of land which drains into one river; Drain′age-tube, a tube of silver, india-rubber, glass, &c., introduced by a surgeon into a wound or abscess to draw off pus, &c.; Drain′er, a utensil on which articles are placed to drain; Drain′ing-en′gine, a pumping-engine for mines, &c.; Drain′ing-plough, a form of plough used in making drains; Drain′-pipe; Drain′-tile; Drain′-trap, a contrivance for preventing the escape of foul air from drains, but admitting the water into them. [A.S. dréahnigandragan, to draw.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. drain

    [IBM] Syn. for flush (sense 2). Has a connotation of finality about it; one speaks of draining a device before taking it offline.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. drain

    In the military art, is a trench made to draw water out of a ditch, which is afterwards filled with hurdles and earth, or with fascines or bundles of rushes, and planks, to facilitate the passage over the mud.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DRAIN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Drain is ranked #8527 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Drain surname appeared 3,859 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Drain.

    62.8% or 2,426 total occurrences were White.
    31.3% or 1,208 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 99 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.7% or 66 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1% or 39 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 21 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'drain' in Verbs Frequency: #810

Anagrams for drain »

  1. Darin

  2. dinar

  3. Drina

  4. Indra

  5. Nadir

  6. nadir

  7. Ndari

  8. ranid

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of drain in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of drain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of drain in a Sentence

  1. Colton Henson:

    It is increasingly hard to run as an outsider at all when you have inside experience, how do you drain the swamp when you had to wade in it ?

  2. Oscar Auliq-Ice:

    It’s difficult, if not impossible, to let go of all that negativity, which is a serious drain on your motivation, but you got to let it go.

  3. Grzegorz Skowro?ski:

    The lignite mines are definitely to blame. The lake dropped by five metres since they started to massively drain the soil to dig for coal at the Jó?win mine.

  4. Paul Ryan:

    We just had a ‘drain the swamp’ election,’ let’s not just turn around and bring back earmarks two weeks later.

  5. Edward Hoagland:

    Animals used to provide a lowlife way to kill and get away with it, as they do still, but, more intriguingly, for some people they are an aperture through which wounds drain. The scapegoat of olden times, driven off for the bystanders sins, has become a tender thing, a running injury. There, running away is me: hurt it and you are hurting me.

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Translations for drain

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  • استنزافArabic
  • отводнявам, водосток, утечка, изтичам, оттичам се, пресушавам, канал, разходBulgarian
  • afløb, dræne, bortlede, tappe, udtørre, spild, dræn, rende, tømmeDanish
  • Abfluss, ablassenGerman
  • drenar, tubo abierto, desaguar, desagüe, drenajeSpanish
  • viemäri, rasite, kuseminen, tyhjentyä, kuluttaa, viedä, dreeni, nielu, tyhjentää, kuivattaa, voimatFinnish
  • drainer, essorer, drain, gouffre, déshydrater, hémorragieFrench
  • lefolyóHungarian
  • mengurasIndonesian
  • vakuigarIdo
  • scolare, scolo, drenareItalian
  • გამოფიტვა, მილიGeorgian
  • 배수구Korean
  • exhaurireLatin
  • drenažasLithuanian
  • awakari, waikari, awakeri, wāra, waikeriMāori
  • longkangMalay
  • afvoer, leeg laten lopen, leeglopen, ontwateren, uitputten, drainerenDutch
  • drenereNorwegian
  • osuszyć, drenażPolish
  • ralo, drenar, secar, dreno, escoarPortuguese
  • ch'umayQuechua
  • conductă, goli, scurge, canal de scurgere, asanaRomanian
  • спусти́ть, осуша́ть, слива́ть, осуши́ть, истощи́ть, сток, кана́л, протека́ть, слив, ссаньё, уте́чка, сса́чка, сочи́ться, оттека́ть, выка́чивать, спуска́ть, вы́качать, слить, истоща́ть, дрена́ж, водосто́к, водоотво́д, моче́ние, течь, проса́чиваться, у́быль, расхо́дRussian
  • odtok, izsušitiSlovene
  • kullojAlbanian
  • avloppSwedish
  • வடிகால்Tamil
  • спусти́ти, вису́шувати, спуска́ти, висна́жуватиUkrainian

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