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.
- drain rod,
- drainage basin,
- drainage tube,
- drainage wind
- to become worthless or profitless.
- to go out of existence; disappear.
Origin of drain
Examples from the Web for drain
Drain immediately and immerse the beans in ice water to stop the cooking.
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|Molly Oswaks|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The assumption is that President Obama is a drain on Democrats desperate to survive his unpopular numbers in key states.
At the very least, this indictment will be an enormous distraction and drain on Perry's time, money and attention.
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|Nina Strochlic|August 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Let it boil a little, then take it out, drain it over the saucepan, and dry it before the fire.
Cook slowly until the prunes are tender and then drain the syrup and boil ten minutes before pouring over the prunes.Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book|Mary A. Wilson
When the curd and whey have separated, turn all into a bag and hang up to drain.The Laurel Health Cookery|Evora Bucknum Perkins
A remarkable subterranean tunnel still exists, which served to drain the plateau.
If a tree had been in line with the drain line this might have been used and saved driving the stakes.The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming.|Ellen Eddy Shaw
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.