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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.
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Drain Translations

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