drain

[ dreyn ]
/ dreɪn /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to flow off gradually.
to become empty or dry by the gradual flowing off of liquid or moisture: This land drains into the Mississippi.

noun

Idioms

    go down the drain,
    1. to become worthless or profitless.
    2. to go out of existence; disappear.

Origin of drain

before 1000; Middle English dreynen, Old English drēhnian, drēahnian to strain, filter; akin to dry

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British Dictionary definitions for drain

drain

/ (dreɪn) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

drainable, adjective

Word Origin for drain

Old English drēahnian; related to Old Norse drangr dry wood; see dry
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Medicine definitions for drain

drain

[ drān ]

n.

A device, such as a tube, inserted into the opening of a wound or into a body or dental cavity to facilitate discharge of fluid or purulent material.

v.

To draw off a liquid gradually as it forms.
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Idioms and Phrases with drain

drain


see brain drain; down the drain.

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