What does drain mean?

Definitions for drain
dreɪndrain

Here are all the possible meanings 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"

Wiktionary

  1. drainnoun

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

    The drain in the kitchen sink is clogged.

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

  2. drainnoun

    Something consuming resources and providing nothing in return.

    That rental property is a drain on our finances.

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

  3. drainnoun

    An act of urination.

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

  4. drainnoun

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

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

  5. drainverb

    To lose liquid.

    The clogged sink drained slowly.

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

  6. drainverb

    To cause liquid to flow out of.

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

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

  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.

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

  8. drainverb

    To deplete of energy or resources.

    The stress of this job is really draining me.

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

  9. drainverb

    To fall off the bottom of the playfield.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drainverb

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

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

  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

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

  3. Drainverb

    to filter

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

  4. Drainverb

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

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

  5. Drainverb

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

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

  6. Drainnoun

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

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

  7. Drainnoun

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

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

  8. Drainnoun

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

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

Freebase

  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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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Anagrams for drain »

  1. Darin, dinar, Drina, Indra, Nadir, nadir, Ndari, ranid

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Numerology

  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. Alvin Price:

    Parents need to fill a child's bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can't poke enough holes in it to drain it dry.

  2. Michael Rapp:

    We’re thinking she blacked out in the bathtub and fell and hit her head and was found by my ex, we don’t know if maybe hair clogged the drain but the tub overflowed.

  3. Grant Woods:

    I think Arizona is about a couple of election cycles behind Nevada in going blue, if the Republican Party wants to continue to push in the direction of being anti-education, and they want to be the party of... the bigoted, then they are going to go down the drain in the Southwestern US Senate, because that's not what Southwestern US Senate is. It's a very culturally diverse place that values education and is going in the opposite direction. You can see where [ the politics ] are going.

  4. Orrville Police Department:

    She was stuck in the drain, was safely removed and set free in a nearby creek, as you can see she was happy to be rescued.

  5. Johannes Teyssen:

    The question is should we heal the problem while it's still cheap, like the British did, or do you run it down the drain and when it's almost broken then you interfere.

Images & Illustrations of drain

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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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