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 well-drained
Historical Examples of well-drained
Grows in any well-drained soil, but prefers a deep, rich loam.Handbook of the Trees of New England
Lorin Low Dame
That field is not well-drained; the corn is too light-colored.Farm drainage
Henry Flagg French
Apparently the dogs keep on the higher and the well-drained land.Watched by Wild Animals
Enos A. Mills
The tree does not demand rich land, but must have well-drained soil.American Forest Trees
Henry H. Gibson
You must give them well-drained, sandy soil, mixed with a little lime.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.