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Definition of DRAIN

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Drain \Drain\ (dr[=a]n), v. t. [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. [1913 Webster]

              Fountains drain the water from the ground adjacent.
                                                    --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

              But it was not alone that the he drained their treasure and hampered their industry. --Motley. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              Sinking waters, the firm land to drain, Filled the capacious deep and formed the main.
                                                    --Roscommon. [1913 Webster]

     3. To filter.
        [1913 Webster]

              Salt water, drained through twenty vessels of earth, hath become fresh.                    --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

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

Drain \Drain\, v. i.
     1. To flow gradually; as, the water of low ground drains off. [1913 Webster]

     2. To become emptied of liquor by flowing or dropping; as, let the vessel stand and drain. [1913 Webster]

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

Drain \Drain\, n.
     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. [1913 Webster]

     2. That means of which anything is drained; a channel; a trench; a water course; a sewer; a sink. [1913 Webster]

     3. pl. The grain from the mashing tub; as, brewers' drains. [Eng.] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

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

drain
   v.

      [IBM] Syn. for {flush} (sense 2). Has a connotation of finality about it; one speaks of draining a device before taking it offline.


The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

423 Moby Thesaurus words for "drain":
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