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Definitions of drain

  1. make weak; "Life in the camp drained him" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. flow off gradually; "The rain water drains into this big vat" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. emptying accomplished by draining Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a gradual depletion; "a drain on resources" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a pipe through which liquid is carried away Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. tube inserted into a body cavity (as during surgery) to remove unwanted material Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. flow off or away gradually; "The water drained from the pipe" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. empty of liquid; drain the liquid from; "We drained the oil tank" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. deplete of resources; "The exercise class drains me of energy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. a gradual depletion of energy or resources; "a drain on resources"; "a drain of young talent by emmigration" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. To become dry. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. To draw off by degrees; to cause to flow gradually out or off; hence, to cause the exhaustion of. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To exhaust of liquid contents by drawing them off; to make gradually dry or empty; to remove surface water, as from streets, by gutters, etc.; to deprive of moisture; hence, to exhaust; to empty of wealth, resources, or the like; as, to drain a country of its specie. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To filter. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. To flow gradually; as, the water of low ground drains off. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To become emptied of liquor by flowing or dropping; as, let the vessel stand and drain. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. The act of draining, or of drawing off; gradual and continuous outflow or withdrawal; as, the drain of specie from a country. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. That means of which anything is drained; a channel; a trench; a water course; a sewer; a sink. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. The grain from the mashing tub; as, brewers' drains. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To draw off gradually; empty. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. A channel or pipe for useless water; a sewer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. 1. To draw off the fluid from a cavity, especially to provide for its exit immediately it is formed. 2. An arrangement, in the shape of a tube or wick, for removing the fluid as it collects in a cavity, especially a wound cavity. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  23. To draw off by degrees: to filter: to clear of water by drains: to make dry: to exhaust. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. To flow off gradually. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. A water-course: a ditch: a sewer. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. DRAINABLE. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  27. To draw off gradually; dry by draining; exhaust. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. To draw off, as a fluid; draw a fluid from. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. To exhaust. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. To flow off or leak away gradually; become exhausted. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. The act of draining; continuous strain, leak, or outflow. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. A pipe or trench for draining. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. Withdrawal; a channel through which water or other liquid flows off; a watercourse; a sewer. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  34. To draw off gradually; to filter; to empty of liquor; to draw water off and make dry; to empty or exhaust. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  35. To flow off gradually; to be emptied of liquor by flowing or dropping. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  36. To make dry by drawing off the water; to free from water gradually; to empty; to exhaust; to be freed from moisture. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  37. A channel, trench, or ditch for conveying water; a sink or small sewer; a gutter. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  38. (IBM) To allow a system to complete the processing ofits current work before the system becomes unavailable.E.g. draining a device before taking it off-line or tellinga web server in a server farm not to accept any newrequests but to finish processing any requests it has alreadyaccepted. foldoc_fs
  39. dr[=a]n, v.t. to draw off by degrees: to filter: to clear of water by drains: to make dry: to drink dry: to exhaust.--v.i. to flow off gradually.--n. a watercourse: a ditch: a sewer: (slang) a drink: exhausting expenditure.--adj. DRAIN'ABLE.--ns. DRAIN'AGE, the drawing off of water by rivers or other channels: the system of drains in a town; DRAIN'AGE-BASIN, the area of land which drains into one river; DRAIN'AGE-TUBE, a tube of silver, india-rubber, glass, &c., introduced by a surgeon into a wound or abscess to draw off pus, &c.; DRAIN'ER, a utensil on which articles are placed to drain; DRAIN'ING-EN'GINE, a pumping-engine for mines, &c.; DRAIN'ING-PLOUGH, a form of plough used in making drains; DRAIN'-PIPE; DRAIN'-TILE; DRAIN'-TRAP, a contrivance for preventing the escape of foul air from drains, but admitting the water into them. [A.S. dréahnigan--dragan, to draw.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  40. An appliance for carrying off discharges or other matter from a wound or cavity. na
  41. Draw (liquid) off or away by conduit, d.-pipes, &c. (also fig., d. the wealth of England); drink (liquid), empty (vessel), to the dregs; dry (land &c.) by withdrawing moisture; (of river) carry off superfluous water of (district), deprive (person, thing) of property, strength, &c.; trickle through, flow off or away; (of wet cloth, vessel, &c.) get rid of moisture by its flowing away (set it there to d.). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  42. Channel carrying off liquid, artificial conduit for water, sewage, &c., (Surg.) tube for drawing off discharge from abscess &c.; constant outlet, withdrawal, demand, or expenditure (a great d. on my resources); (slang) small draught, drink. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  43. A device to promote the escape of fluids from a sore. American pocket medical dictionary.
  44. A waste conduit leading to a cesspool, a sewer, or the like. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  45. In surgery, an appliance or substance affording a channel of exit for the discharges from a wound. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  46. n. Act of drawing off, or of emptying by drawing off;—that by means of which any thing is drained; a channel; a trench; a water-course; a sewer, a ditch, a sink;—a gradual or steady withdrawal, as of men, means, resources, & c. Cabinet Dictionary
  47. The channel through which liquids are gradually drawn. Complete Dictionary

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