- to withdraw or draw off (a liquid) gradually; remove slowly or by degrees, as by filtration: to drain oil from a crankcase.
- to withdraw liquid gradually from; make empty or dry by drawing off liquid: to drain a crankcase.
- to exhaust the resources of: to drain the treasury.
- to deprive of strength; tire.
- to flow off gradually.
- to become empty or dry by the gradual flowing off of liquid or moisture: This land drains into the Mississippi.
- something, as a pipe or conduit, by which a liquid drains.
- Surgery. a material or appliance for maintaining the opening of a wound to permit free exit of fluids.
- gradual or continuous outflow, withdrawal, or expenditure.
- something that causes a large or continuous outflow, expenditure, or depletion: Medical expenses were a major drain on his bank account.
- an act of draining.
- Physical Geography.
- an artificial watercourse, as a ditch or trench.
- a natural watercourse modified to increase its flow of water.
- go down the drain,
- to become worthless or profitless.
- to go out of existence; disappear.
Origin of drain
Examples from the Web for drained
Divided and drained by war, Syrian Christians are determined to celebrate for the first time in four years.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive
December 25, 2014
He drained the wine from the tumbler and turned away from the window, and there was no self-pity in his gravelly voice.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life
September 6, 2014
And the medications were sold to the government at huge mark-ups that drained the health care budget.‘There Are People Who Should Live’: Good Confronts Evil in Ukraine
July 20, 2014
What to do: Listen to your body when you feel tired or drained and make time for rest and extra sleep.8 Signs You’re Way Too Stressed (and How to Deal)
March 13, 2014
The buy-out had drained the Lampoon's resources, and an infusion of fresh cash was urgently needed.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
Robert Sam Anson
March 1, 2014
It is for me to fill your cups again, since you have drained them to my dear lads of the white jerkin.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
But Della drained her draught of joy to the dregs, and then tilted her cup anew.Tiverton Tales
But the others could find no fault with it, and Sereno drained the pail.Meadow Grass
He paused no more until the goblet was drained to the last drop.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
That was when all this flat central country was swampish and hadn't been drained off yet.Alice Adams
- a pipe or channel that carries off water, sewage, etc
- an instance or cause of continuous diminution in resources or energy; depletion
- surgery a device, such as a tube, for insertion into a wound, incision, or bodily cavity to drain off pus, etc
- electronics the electrode region in a field-effect transistor into which majority carriers flow from the interelectrode conductivity channel
- down the drain wasted
- (tr often foll by off) to draw off or remove (liquid) fromto drain water from vegetables; to drain vegetables
- (intr often foll by away) to flow (away) or filter (off)
- (intr) to dry or be emptied as a result of liquid running off or flowing awayleave the dishes to drain
- (tr) to drink the entire contents of (a glass, cup, etc)
- (tr) to consume or make constant demands on (resources, energy, etc); exhaust; sap
- (intr) to disappear or leave, esp graduallythe colour drained from his face
- (tr) (of a river, etc) to carry off the surface water from (an area)
- (intr) (of an area) to discharge its surface water into rivers, streams, etc
Word Origin and History for drained
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.).
- 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.
- To draw off a liquid gradually as it forms.
Idioms and Phrases with drained
see brain drain; down the drain.