verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- an artificial watercourse, as a ditch or trench.
- a natural watercourse modified to increase its flow of water.
- to become worthless or profitless.
- to go out of existence; disappear.
Origin of drain
Related Words for drainpipe, duct, sewer, ditch, culvert, dry, exhaust, tap, consume, reduce, siphon, bleed, strain, pump, deplete, diminish, divert, sap, suck, empty
Examples from the Web for drain
Contemporary Examples of drain
Drain immediately and immerse the beans in ice water to stop the cooking.The Barefoot Contessa’s Tasty Trip to Paris
November 27, 2014
The drain clogs in the shower every few days, and the clump of tangled brown hair is springy between my fingers.Birth Control Made My Hair Fall Out, and I’m Not the Only One
October 14, 2014
The assumption is that President Obama is a drain on Democrats desperate to survive his unpopular numbers in key states.What the GOP Will Do If It Wins Congress
October 3, 2014
At the very least, this indictment will be an enormous distraction and drain on Perry's time, money and attention.Peak 'Oops': Explaining the Perry Indictment
August 17, 2014
Ancient bowls feature so-called “kill holes,” possibly to drain blood or allow a spirit to escape.The Cave Where Mayans Sacrificed Humans Is Open for Visitors
August 14, 2014
Historical Examples of drain
When they are tender, remove them from the fire and drain off the water.
When tender, drain them, remove the skins, and dice the beets.
Remove from the fat, drain, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
When it is done, take it out, lay it on its claws to drain, and then wipe it dry.
Put the oysters into a sieve, and set it on a pan to drain the liquor from them.
Word Origin for drain
Old English dreahnian "to drain, strain out," from Proto-Germanic *dreug-, source of drought, dry, giving the English word originally a sense of "make dry." Figurative meaning of "exhaust" is attested from 1650s. The word is not found in surviving texts between late Old English and the 1500s. Related: Drained; draining.
1550s, from drain (v.).
see brain drain; down the drain.