What does drain mean?

Definitions for drain

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"


  1. drain(Noun)

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

    The drain in the kitchen sink is clogged.

  2. drain(Noun)

    Something consuming resources and providing nothing in return.

    That rental property is a drain on our finances.

  3. drain(Noun)

    An act of urination.

  4. drain(Noun)

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

  5. drain(Verb)

    To lose liquid.

    The clogged sink drained slowly.

  6. drain(Verb)

    To cause liquid to flow out of.

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

  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.

  8. drain(Verb)

    To deplete of energy or resources.

    The stress of this job is really draining me.

  9. drain(Verb)

    To fall off the bottom of the playfield.

  10. Origin: 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

  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

  3. Drain(verb)

    to filter

  4. Drain(verb)

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

  5. Drain(verb)

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

  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

  7. Drain(noun)

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

  8. Drain(noun)

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

  9. Origin: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. drain

    A type of structure or opening that allows liquid to flow through it.

    The drain from the house went under the road to another opening and into the sewer.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 20, 2019  

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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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  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. Rex Hudler:

    Be a fountain, not a drain.

  2. Mark Null:

    It's going to be a slow drain.

  3. Eric Schneiderman:

    New Yorkers wash more than 19 tons of microbeads down the drain every year.

  4. Tricia Gerrodette:

    The development will ruin this area. It will drain the aquifer and kill it.

  5. Steffon Josey-Davis:

    I almost fainted. My life was ruined -- all my hard work went down the drain.

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
  • спусти́ти, вису́шувати, спуска́ти, висна́жуватиUkrainian

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