Draining

3 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]:

Draining \Drain"ing\, vb. n. of {Drain}, verb (used with an object) (Agric.) The art of carrying off surplus water, as from land.

{Draining tile}. Same as {Draintile}.

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

draining

adjective

1: having a debilitating effect; "an exhausting job in the hot sun" [syn: {draining}, {exhausting}]


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