Drain

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Drain \Drain\ (dr[=a]n), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Drained} (dr[=a]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Draining}.] [AS. drehnigean to drain, strain; perh. akin to E. draw.]

1. To draw off by degrees; to cause to flow gradually out or off; hence, to cause the exhaustion of.

Fountains drain the water from the ground adjacent. --Bacon.

But it was not alone that the he drained their treasure and hampered their industry. --Motley.

2. 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.

Sinking waters, the firm land to drain, Filled the capacious deep and formed the main. --Roscommon.

3. To filter.

Salt water, drained through twenty vessels of earth, hath become fresh. --Bacon.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Drain \Drain\, verb (used without an object)

1. To flow gradually; as, the water of low ground drains off.

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

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Drain \Drain\, noun

1. The act of draining, or of drawing off; gradual and continuous outflow or withdrawal; as, the drain of specie from a country; the project is a drain on resources.

2. That means of which anything is drained; a channel; a trench; a water course; a sewer; a sink.

3. pl. The grain from the mashing tub; as, brewers' drains. [Eng.] --Halliwell.

{Box drain}, {Counter drain}. See under {Box}, {Counter}.

{Right of drain} (Law), an easement or servitude by which one man has a right to convey water in pipes through or over the estate of another. --Kent.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

drain

noun

1: emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it [syn: {drain}, {drainage}]

2: tube inserted into a body cavity (as during surgery) to remove unwanted material

3: a pipe through which liquid is carried away [syn: {drain}, {drainpipe}, {waste pipe}]

4: a gradual depletion of energy or resources; "a drain on resources"; "a drain of young talent by emigration"

verb

1: flow off gradually; "The rain water drains into this big vat" [syn: {drain}, {run out}]

2: deplete of resources; "The exercise class drains me of energy"

3: empty of liquid; drain the liquid from; "We drained the oil tank"

4: make weak; "Life in the camp drained him" [syn: {enfeeble}, {debilitate}, {drain}]


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