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 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|Peter Schwartzstein|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Paul Hemphill|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Daly|July 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What to do: Listen to your body when you feel tired or drained and make time for rest and extra sleep.
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|DAILY BEAST
Take two boxes of sardines and throw the contents into hot water, having first drained away all the oil.The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)|Mrs. F.L. Gillette
To their great surprise they found, upon rounding its southern point, that it drained south into the Snake.The Yellowstone National Park|Hiram Martin Chittenden
As he spoke Silka drained the coffee-cup he had given her, and by so doing bound herself to him henceforward.Six Women|Victoria Cross
Johnston clinked the glass against that of his companion and they drained the glasses.The Land of the Changing Sun|William N. Harben
The cup of bitterness was not, however, drained to the dregs.
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.