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 drainer
The sink has a shelf underneath to hold the dishpan and drainer.Remodeled Farmhouses|Mary H. Northend
Exceptional cases of this nature must be carefully sought for by the drainer.Farm drainage|Henry Flagg French
The pipes leading to and from the drainer should empty into an open sink where it can be seen.Elements of Plumbing|Samuel Dibble
When this happens, they put it into a drainer with holes, and apply a weight.The American Reformed Cattle Doctor|George Dadd
When sufficiently steeped, take each one on a cake turner and lay it on a drainer.Choice Cookery|Catherine Owen
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.