drain·​age | \ ˈdrā-nij How to pronounce drainage (audio) \

Definition of drainage

1 : the act, process, or mode of draining also : something drained off
2 : a device for draining : drain also : a system of drains
3 : an area or district drained

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Officials managing the fire are currently planning to use the Pinto Creek drainage to prevent the fire from spreading east and reaching Wheatfield — of which the fire is currently 7 miles west. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "Woodbury Fire explodes to almost 80,000 acres overnight, forest officials said Saturday," 20 June 2019 The result is that even in moderate rainfall, sections, where these barriers are used, are very easily flooded due to poor drainage and very dangerous ponding occurs. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Sen. Feinstein, please help push for a new bay crossing: Roadshow," 19 June 2019 Either way, the drainage of excess fluid will dramatically improve the appearance of tired-looking under-eyes. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Kate Moss’s Secret Facial Remedy Is Already in Your Freezer," 12 June 2019 Flood risk has been high in southwestern Colorado, and on Wednesday morning emergency management officials reported flooding through the Rio Grande and San Juan drainage basins. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Flood warning issued for Rio Grande and Mineral County," 12 June 2019 Brandon White said an inmate caused a drainage problem at the jail, which can house up to 400 inmates. oregonlive.com, "Flooding at downtown Portland jail prompts temporary lockdown Tuesday," 11 June 2019 After buying the parcel, Kraemer spent six months strolling about the ranch, studying its quartz-speckled granitic soils, drainage patterns, exposures and air flow. Mike Dunne, SFChronicle.com, "Inside the remote, peculiar vineyard behind Amador’s most acclaimed wines," 5 June 2019 As hard rain fell on May 12, a Sewerage & Water Board operator at a drainage pumping station in Broadmoor was pulling a 16-hour overnight double shift. Beau Evans, nola.com, "Sewerage & Water Board employees, clocking long hours, long to be heard – not watched," 28 June 2019 The application was then returned to the commission for the remaining three reasons, which revolved around drainage at the site. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "After years of debate, Simsbury commission approves affordable housing development on Climax Road," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of drainage

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of drainage

: the act or process of draining something : the act or process of removing water or liquid from a place or thing


drain·​age | \ ˈdrā-nij How to pronounce drainage (audio) \

Kids Definition of drainage

: the act or process of removing a liquid Drainage of the flooded area has begun.


drain·​age | \ ˈdrā-nij How to pronounce drainage (audio) \

Medical Definition of drainage

1 : the act or process of drawing off fluids from a cavity or wound by means of suction or gravity
2 : a process of releasing internal conflicts or pent-up feelings (as hostility or guilt)

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