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Definition of Drain

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

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

Some people never contribute anything positive to society, they may even drain our resources, but most of us try to do something better, to give back.
Martin Yan

People drain me, even the closest of friends, and I find loneliness to be the best state in the union to live in.
Margaret Cho

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
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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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