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.
- to become worthless or profitless.
- to go out of existence; disappear.
Origin of drain
Examples from the Web for drainer
Historical Examples of drainer
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
Dip each dish in the rinsing water and then put in the drainer.Foods and Household Management
When this happens, they put it into a drainer with holes, and apply a weight.The American Reformed Cattle Doctor
The sink has a shelf underneath to hold the dishpan and drainer.Remodeled Farmhouses
Mary H. Northend
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.