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, drainage(noun)

    emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it

  2. drain(noun)

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

  3. drain, drainpipe, waste pipe(noun)

    a pipe through which liquid is carried away

  4. drain(verb)

    a gradual depletion of energy or resources

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

  5. drain, run out(verb)

    flow off gradually

    "The rain water drains into this big vat"

  6. drain(verb)

    deplete of resources

    "The exercise class drains me of energy"

  7. drain(verb)

    empty of liquid; drain the liquid from

    "We drained the oil tank"

  8. enfeeble, debilitate, drain(verb)

    make weak

    "Life in the camp drained him"

Wiktionary

  1. drain(Noun)

    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. drain(Noun)

    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. drain(Noun)

    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. drain(Noun)

    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. drain(Verb)

    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. drain(Verb)

    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. drain(Verb)

    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. drain(Verb)

    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. drain(Verb)

    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. Drain(verb)

    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. Drain(verb)

    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. Drain(verb)

    to filter

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

  4. Drain(verb)

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

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

  5. Drain(verb)

    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. Drain(noun)

    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. Drain(noun)

    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. Drain(noun)

    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. Noah Bookbinder:

    It's disappointing that the man who promised to 'drain the swamp' just took a massive step away from transparency by refusing the release the White House visitor logs that the American people have grown accustomed to accessing over the last six years and that provide indispensable information about who is seeking to influence the president, the Obama administration agreed to release the visitor logs in response to our lawsuits, and despite the Trump administration's worry over 'grave national security risks and concerns,' only positives for the American people came out of them.

  2. RVM:

    It is ironic that we are particular about flushing out all the dirt through the Drain, but we continue to retain a lot of it in our Brain.-RVM

  3. Henry Adams:

    You say that love is nonsense....I tell you it is no such thing. For weeks and months it is a steady physical pain, an ache about the heart, never leaving one, by night or by day a long strain on one's nerves like toothache or rheumatism, not intolerable at any one instant, but exhausting by its steady drain on the strength.

  4. 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.

  5. Yemen Philippe Clerc:

    Otherwise, this ever deepening, man-made and totally avoidable humanitarian crisis will drain the country of the few resources it has and push people to the edge, without urgent action, shortages could kill more people than bullets or bombs.

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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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