drainage

noun
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

Examples of drainage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It was found well below the wall about 70 feet underground and featured an extensive rail cart system, forced air ventilation, high voltage electrical cables and panels, an elevator at the tunnel entrance and a drainage system, officials said. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Gusty winds blew over a portion of President Trump's border wall with Mexico in California," 31 Jan. 2020 The tunnel featured an extensive rail cart system, forced air ventilation, high voltage electrical cables and panels, an elevator at the tunnel entrance and a drainage system. Time, "Authorities Uncover Longest Southwest Border Smuggling Tunnel Stretching From Tijuana to San Diego," 31 Jan. 2020 The citations came after an investigation into a July 23, 2019 incident where two men were killed while working on a drainage system in front of a home on Twin Pine Circle, near Preserve Parkway, when the earth around them caved in. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Companies face $88,482 in fines over fatal 2019 Hoover cave-in," 30 Jan. 2020 The tunnel featured an extensive rail cart system, forced air ventilation, high voltage electrical cables and panels, an elevator at the tunnel entrance and a drainage system. Washington Post, "Authorities find longest Southwest border smuggling tunnel," 30 Jan. 2020 Officials said the shaft was equipped with a rail system and ventilation, high-voltage electrical cables, a drainage system, and an elevator at the opening in Tijuana. Elian Peltier, BostonGlobe.com, "Longest-ever smugglers’ tunnel from Mexico to US is discovered near San Diego," 30 Jan. 2020 The tunnel featured an extensive rail cart system, forced air ventilation, high voltage electrical cables and panels, an elevator at the tunnel entrance and a drainage system. NBC News, "Longest-ever smuggling tunnel found on Southwest border," 29 Jan. 2020 The low-lying city's drainage system, shaken by an explosion Saturday in equipment that powers key rainwater pumps, can handle that rainfall with electrical capacity to spare, said Richard Rainey, spokesman for the Sewerage & Water Board. Michelle Krupa, CNN, "A strong Gulf storm will soak the South on this first weekend of the winter holiday season," 19 Dec. 2019 Border officials say the tunnel was found during a routine sweep of the stormwater drainage system that serves both sides of the border. Ayano Nagaishi, azcentral, "Cross-border tunnel found near Tucson by U.S. agents and Mexican federal police," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of drainage

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of drainage was in 1652

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12 Feb 2020

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“Drainage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drainage. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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drainage

noun
How to pronounce drainage (audio)

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

drainage

noun
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.

drainage

noun
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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