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Definition of Drain


  1. To draw off by degrees; to cause to flow gradually out or off; hence, to cause the exhaustion of.
  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.
  3. To filter.
  4. To flow gradually; as, the water of low ground drains off.
  5. To become emptied of liquor by flowing or dropping; as, let the vessel stand and drain.
  6. The act of draining, or of drawing off; gradual and continuous outflow or withdrawal; as, the drain of specie from a country.
  7. That means of which anything is drained; a channel; a trench; a water course; a sewer; a sink.
  8. The grain from the mashing tub; as, brewers' drains.

Drain Quotations

A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday. As to the morrow, time enough to consider it when it becomes today.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby 'it.'
T. S. Eliot

Years ago, we all talked about recycling and not dumping things down your drain and all of that, but talking doesn't help much. Basically, it's going to have to be legislation because the impact is so huge and diversified.
Ted Danson

We have the character of an island nation: independent, forthright, passionate in defence of our sovereignty. We can no more change this British sensibility than we can drain the English Channel. And because of this sensibility, we come to the European Union with a frame of mind that is more practical than emotional.
David Cameron

It's a pity that the tennis is really going down the drain. Every year it's getting worse and worse and worse. There has to be a radical change, and I hope it will be really soon.
Marat Safin
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Drain Translations

drain in Dutch is afdruipen, neerdruipen
drain in Latin is adficio
drain in Portuguese is dreno
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