- an artificial watercourse, as a ditch or trench.
- a natural watercourse modified to increase its flow of water.
Idioms about drain
- to become worthless or profitless.
- to go out of existence; disappear.
Origin of drain
OTHER WORDS FROM drain
How to use drain in a sentence
In my tests, all this chirping and listening isn’t much of an additional drain on your battery.A covid-fighting tool is buried in your phone. Turn it on.|Geoffrey Fowler|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
We’re under a “general rain advisory,” which means there’s higher bacterial levels than normal in the ocean, especially near storm drains, rivers or lagoons.Environment Report: Coastal Neighborhoods Supported Measure E Least|MacKenzie Elmer|November 9, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Transfer to a colander set in the kitchen sink and let drain, until slightly limp, about 30 minutes.This bo ssam dream is within reach, and it starts with your Instant Pot|Eric Kim|October 28, 2020|Washington Post
He pointed to an incident in July in which a defector, according to South Korean officials, crawled beneath barbed wire and through a drain on Ganghwa Island, before swimming more than half a mile to North Korea.The North Koreans Who Escape Back Home|Fiona Zublin|October 14, 2020|Ozy
These microfibers flow out of washing machines, down the drain and into the world’s rivers, lakes and oceans.Washing your jeans too much might pose risks to the environment|Sharon Oosthoek|October 12, 2020|Science News For Students
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
Resources are being drained from all parties, and in the end, no one wins—especially children.Lucy Liu: Child Trafficking Must End Now|Lucy Liu|June 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the moment they look like dirt-caked kiddie pools, long-drained.Uncovering the Secrets of St. Kitts|Debra A. Klein|June 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On this account, great care should be taken to provide well-drained positions.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
The pool was drained in 1866, and, having been filled up, its site will ere long be covered with streets of houses.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
The bed should be drained by a little ditch around it on the upper side.
It is very probable, indeed, that in twenty thousand years the waters of that basin will be to a great extent drained away.Outlines of the Earth's History|Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
Perhaps he had waited too long for the simple breakfast; perhaps the recent glory had drained him of vital force.The Dragon Painter|Mary McNeil Fenollosa
British Dictionary definitions for drain
Derived forms of draindrainable, adjective
Word Origin for drain
Other Idioms and Phrases with drain
see brain drain; down the drain.