drain

verb
\ ˈdrān \
drained; draining; drains

Definition of drain

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 obsolete : filter
2a : to draw off (liquid) gradually or completely drained all the water out of the pool
b : to cause the gradual disappearance of drain the region's wealth
c : to exhaust (see exhaust entry 1 sense 1b) physically or emotionally feeling drained at the end of a long workday
3a : to make gradually dry drain a swamp
b : to carry away the surface water of the river that drains the valley
c : to deplete or empty by or as if by drawing off by degrees or in increments drained the country of its resources
d : to empty by drinking the contents of drain a mug of beer
4 sports : drop sense 7c, sink drain the putt drained two free throws

intransitive verb

1a : to flow off gradually
b : to disappear gradually : dwindle his nervousness drained away, as it always did— H. A. Sinclair
2 : to become emptied or freed of liquid by its flowing or dropping waiting for the tub to drain
3 : to discharge surface or surplus water drains into the Gulf of Mexico

drain

noun

Definition of drain (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a means (such as a pipe) by which usually liquid matter is drained
2a : the act of draining
b : a gradual outflow or withdrawal : depletion a net drain from the East of five million souls— G. W. Pierson
3 : something that causes depletion : burden a drain on the city's resources
4 electronics : an electrode in a field-effect transistor toward which charge carriers move — compare gate, source
down the drain
: to a state of being wasted or irretrievably lost All their hard work went down the drain.

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Other Words from drain

Verb

drainer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for drain

Synonyms: Verb

bleed, draft, draw (off), pump, siphon (also syphon), tap

Antonyms: Verb

fill

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Verb

deplete, drain, exhaust, impoverish, bankrupt mean to deprive of something essential to existence or potency. deplete implies a reduction in number or quantity so as to endanger the ability to function. depleting our natural resources drain implies a gradual withdrawal and ultimate deprivation of what is necessary to an existence. personal tragedy had drained him of all spirit exhaust stresses a complete emptying. her lecture exhausted the subject impoverish suggests a deprivation of something essential to richness or productiveness. impoverished soil bankrupt suggests impoverishment to the point of imminent collapse. war had bankrupted the nation of resources

Examples of drain in a Sentence

Verb

Drain the canned tomatoes before adding them to the pot. The swamp has been drained. I was waiting for the bathtub to drain. The river drains into a lake. Years of civil war have drained the country's resources. The city's emergency fund has been drained. I feel totally drained of energy this evening.

Noun

The drain in the bathtub is blocked.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Major weeks are draining, and a bunch of players choose to take the next week off even if the tournament is a quick drive from the major championship site. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "FORE Questions: Breaking Down the New PGA Tour Schedule," 12 July 2018 In many parts of the world overfishing is already draining the ocean of important sea life. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "Climate Change May Spark Global ‘Fish Wars’," 14 June 2018 Get our daily newsletter As a result, cash is draining away. The Economist, "As Tesla’s share price falls, it becomes an inviting takeover target," 26 May 2018 And the irony is that the man who created the music that’s helped me protect and maximize my energy over the years is now draining me of my energy with his words and actions. refinery29.com, "What It’s Really Like To Be A Kanye West Fan Right Now," 2 May 2018 With its intervention, the central bank is draining that excess. Bloomberg.com, "Why Hong Kong’s Central Bank Intervened and Should We Worry?," 19 Apr. 2018 Bake until set and barely pink on outside, 10 minutes; drain and set aside. Ayesha Curry, Woman's Day, "Turkey Meatball and Kale Soup," 1 Aug. 2018 Dooley, an immunologist at the University of Maryland (UMD) School of Medicine in Baltimore, has been tapping shark blood for 2 decades for the same reason that other researchers have been draining the veins of llamas, camels, and their relatives. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Mini-antibodies discovered in sharks and camels could lead to drugs for cancer and other diseases," 10 May 2018 There are three places where your ball can drain on its own—the small gap between your two flippers, and the outlanes along each edge. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "The First Family of pinball: Meet the local wizards behind the game's huge resurgence," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Airlines is currently $1.4 billion in debt, according to News.com.au, and has been accused of being a drain on the country’s economy. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Sri Lankan Airlines stops serving cashews after country's president says nuts were not fit for dogs," 12 Sep. 2018 Her ducklings fell into a storm drain on April 27 near Recker and Williams Field roads, according to KNXV. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Watch mama duck's reaction as firefighters try to rescue her babies from storm drain | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 May 2018 The blockage was created by a disc that had found its way into the storm drain. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "University Heights Council to provide better communications for police," 17 Apr. 2018 The researchers found that rain gardens and retention ponds — projects used to reduce the amount of runoff going directly into storm drains and eventually the Chesapeake Bay — were associated with water quality improvements. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Study confirms what environmentalists knew about water quality: 'Sewage bad, stormwater projects good'," 16 Apr. 2018 One widely shared video showed children being lowered into a storm drain for safety; others showed people running toward buildings at the University of Hawaii. Ros Krasny, Bloomberg.com, "Hawaii Lacked Safeguards in Mistaken Missile Alert, Pai Says," 15 Jan. 2018 One widely shared video showed children being lowered into a storm drain for safety; others showed people running toward buildings at the University of Hawaii. Time, "Hawaii Lacked Safeguards to Prevent False Missile Alert, FCC Head Says," 14 Jan. 2018 One widely shared video showed children being lowered into a storm drain for safety; others showed people running toward buildings at the University of Hawaii. Fortune, "FCC Chair Says Hawaii Lacked 'Reasonable Safeguards' to Prevent False Missile Alert," 14 Jan. 2018 First, avoid parking with the sunroof open where dust and leaves can get into the drains and clog them. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Stuck door lock? Use graphite lube, not WD-40," 3 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of drain

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drain

Verb and Noun

Middle English draynen, from Old English drēahnian — more at dry

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More Definitions for drain

drain

verb

English Language Learners Definition of drain

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to remove (liquid) from something by letting it flow away or out
of a container : to become empty of a liquid
of a liquid : to flow into, away from, or out of something

drain

noun

English Language Learners Definition of drain (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (such as a pipe) that is used for removing a liquid from a place or container
: something that uses a lot of time, money, etc.

drain

verb
\ ˈdrān \
drained; draining

Kids Definition of drain

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to remove (liquid) from something by letting it flow away or out We need to drain water from the pool.
2 : to slowly make or become dry or empty drain a swamp
3 : to flow into, away from, or out of something The water slowly drained.
4 : to slowly disappear All the joy of the music drained out of him.— Mary Pope Osborne, Christmas in Camelot
5 : to tire out She was drained by the busy weekend.

drain

noun

Kids Definition of drain (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something used to remove a liquid the tub's drain
2 : something that slowly empties of or uses up The long trip was a drain on Grandma's strength.
\ ˈdrān \

Medical Definition of drain

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : to draw off (liquid) gradually or completely drain pus from an abscess
b : to exhaust physically or emotionally
2 : to carry away or give passage to a bodily fluid or a discharge from drain an abscess the eustachian tube drains the middle ear— H. G. Armstrong

intransitive verb

: to flow off gradually blood draining from a wound

drain

noun

Medical Definition of drain (Entry 2 of 2)

: a tube or cylinder usually of absorbent material for drainage of a wound — see cigarette drain

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