drainage

noun

drain·​age ˈdrā-nij How to pronounce drainage (audio)
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 Some residents also filed legal claims against the city, with at least three claimants arguing that the damage to their homes was caused by the city failing to maintain its drainage system in recent years. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2024 The bubonic form of the disease occurs after a flea bite, usually on the arms or legs, with the swollen lymph node occurring closer to the torso than the bite location, typically on the pathway of the local lymphatic drainage. Mark Kortepeter, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Some are holding out for more federal disaster aid; others want to see drainage improved, the canyon lined more effectively or utility projects prioritized. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2024 The Russians devised a new plan this winter, using a two-mile-long drainage tunnel to burrow under Ukrainian fortifications, infiltrate a neighborhood in the southeastern part of the city and ambush the Ukrainians. Marc Santora Tyler Hicks, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 His decision to follow the drainage, and then stay near a stream, fits with Koester’s hiker profile. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, 16 Feb. 2024 Flooding may occur in poor drainage and urban areas. Savanna Smith, Sacramento Bee, 16 Feb. 2024 Choose a container that has a drainage hole and is tall enough to accommodate a deep-rooting plant. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 8 Feb. 2024 Crews will remain on site throughout the storm to monitor and inspect the slope for movement and make adjustments to tarps and drainage as needed, according to the website. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of drainage was in 1652

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Cite this Entry

“Drainage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drainage. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

drainage

noun
drain·​age ˈdrā-nij How to pronounce drainage (audio)
1
a
: the act of draining
b
: something drained off
2
: a method of draining
also : a system of drains

Medical Definition

drainage

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