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 undrained
Historical Examples of undrained
These wooden huts were undrained, dark and dirty to a remarkable degree.A Labrador Doctor
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
It will not then be surprising that undrained soils are, in the language of the farmer, "cold."Farm drainage
Henry Flagg French
He found the city in 1787 in a wretched condition, unlighted, undrained, unpaved.Mexico
Most of this country was undrained, and snipe were in thousands.
See that those in undrained bowls are just moist, but not wet.The Children's Book of Gardening
Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
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.