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Drain

Drain appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • To get a rat up a drain, a psoriatic I let elicit air, O Spaniard, a "puta" rate got.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun drain:

drainpipedraindrainage

The word drain is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun drain

What does drain mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: drains

  1. emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it
  2. tube inserted into a body cavity (as during surgery) to remove unwanted material
    • domain: surgery
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: tube / tubing = conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases
  3. a pipe through which liquid is carried away
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of drain: drainpipe / waste pipe
    • more generic words: pipage / pipe / piping = a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc.
    • more specific terms:
      • culvert = a transverse and totally enclosed drain under a road or railway
      • scupper = drain that allows water on the deck of a vessel to flow overboard
      • sewerage / cloaca / sewer = a waste pipe that carries away sewage or surface water
      • soil pipe = drain that conveys liquid waste from toilets, etc.
      • trap = drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas
  4. a gradual depletion of energy or resources
    • examples: a drain on resources | a drain of young talent by emigration
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: depletion = the act of decreasing something markedly
    • more specific terms:
      • drawing off / drawing = act of getting or draining something such as electricity or a liquid from a source
      • brain drain = depletion or loss of intellectual and technical personnel

Alternative definition of the noun drain

noun

  1. A conduit allowing liquid to flow out of an otherwise contained volume.
  2. Something consuming resources and providing nothing in return.
  3. [vulgar] An act of urination.

Definition of the verb drain

What does drain mean as a doing word?

Drain is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: drained | draining | drains

  1. flow off gradually
  2. deplete of resources
    • example: The exercise class drains me of energy
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Source]The doctor cured Pat
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Source] of [Theme]The doctor cured Pat of pneumonia
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Source] out of [Theme]The swindler cheated Pat out of her fortune
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source]The swindler bilked 20 dollars from his boss

      Verbs of Removing (with the same syntax): burgle, con, ease, milk, mulct, plunder, swindle.

    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • more generic terms: consume / deplete / eat / eat up / exhaust / run through / use up / wipe out = use up
  3. empty of liquid; drain the liquid from
  4. make weak
    • examples: Life in the camp drained him | The performance is likely to drain Sue
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of drain: debilitate / enfeeble
    • more generic word: weaken = lessen the strength of
    • more specific words: emaciate / macerate / waste = cause to grow thin or weak

Alternative definition of the verb drain

verb

  1. [intransitive] To lose liquid.
  2. [transitive, ergative] To cause liquid to flow out of.
  3. [transitive, ergative] To convert a perennially wet place into a dry one.
  4. [transitive] To deplete of energy or resources.
  5. [transitive] To explore a drain or other tunnel system
  6. [intransitive, pinball] To fall off the bottom of the playfield.

Specialised definition of the verb drain

Glossary of sports / basketball

to shoot the ball cleanly through the basket (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • example: she drained a three-pointer.
  • usage: slang

Place

Drain is a city in Douglas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 1,151 at the 2010 census. Drain is named after town founder and politician Charles J. Drain, who donated 60 acres of nearby land to the Oregon and California Railroad in 1871.

Group

Drain a.k.a. Drain STH was an alternative metal band from Sweden.

Music

  1. "DRAIN" is a composition, cataloged instance.
    • also known as Drain (1996.12.31)
    • music by Hide
    • lyrics by Toshi & Hide
  2. "Drain" is a musical single of Kurt Raburn.
    • released on
  3. "Drain" is a musical album of Rotten Sound.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  4. "Drain" is a musical album of Fountainhead.
    • released in (23 years ago)
  5. "Drain" is a musical album of Insano.
    • released in (9 years ago)
  6. "Drain" is a musical album of Sometime Sunday.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  7. "Drain" is a musical album of ARC.
  8. "Drain" is a composition.

Miscellanea

  1. Drain: A drain is the primary vessel for unwanted water to be flumed away, either to a more useful area, funnelled into a receptacle, or run into the sewers as waste.
  2. Drain is a creator-owned comic by writer C. B. Cebulski and is painted by Sana Takeda and published by Image Comics.

Phrases with Drain

Phrases starting with the word Drain:

  1. drain basket
  2. drain the cup
  3. Drain the Lizard
  4. Drain the Main Vein
  5. drain the swamp when up to one's neck in alligators

Phrases ending with the word Drain:

  1. to drain
  2. brain drain
  3. French drain
  4. Down The Drain
  5. Circle the Drain
  6. Laugh Like a Drain

Other phrase containing the word Drain:

  1. trap-and-drain auger

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Drain

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Google previewProceedings [of] Annual Meetings of the American Society of Sanitary Engineering (1918)

by American Society of Sanitary Engineering

The Subsoil Drain is that part of a drainage system which conveys the subsoil or ground or seepage water from the foot of...

A Tile Drain is any subsoil drain constructed of porous tile or cement pipe.

A Cellar Floor Drain is a branch of the house drain provided with back pressure trap and receives the waste and scrub ...

Google previewYear Book (1918)

by American Society of Sanitary Engineeering

The Subsoil Drain is that part of a drainage system which conveys the subsoil or ground or seepage water from the foot of...

A Tile Drain is any subsoil drain constructed of porous tile or cement pipe.

A Cellar Floor Drain is a branch of the house drain provided with back pressure trap # receives the waste and scrub water ...

Google previewDomestic Engineering and the Journal of Mechanical Contracting (1922)

The House Sewer or main drain is that part of the horizontal piping beginning three feet from the foundation wall to its connection with the main sewer, or cesspool,

A Storm Drain is a conduit for carrying off surface) storm and clear waters.

Google previewReport (1914)

by Ohio. Dept. of Health

House Drain is that part of the horizontal piping of a house drainage system which receives the discharge of all soil, waste and other drainage pipes inside the walls of any building and conveys the same to the house sewer, three feet outside ...

Google previewAnnual Report of the State Board of Health of the State of Ohio, for the Year Ending (1914)

by Ohio. State Board of Health

House Drain is that part of the horizontal piping of a house drainage system which receives the discharge of all soil, waste and other drainage pipes inside the walls of any building and conveys the same to the house sewer, three feet outside ...

Google previewDomestic Engineering (1921)

A Yard Drain is that part of the horizontal piping and its branches which conveys the surface drainage from areas,

Google previewBattleground: Immigration [2 volumes] (2008)

Immigration by Judith Ann Warner

Brain drain refers to the emigration of highly skilled, trained, or educated individuals from one country to another.

Brain drain is a term used by countries of emigration to reflect the losses felt when the best and brightest leave the country for ...

Google previewSecuring Your Financial Future (2012)

Complete Personal Finance for Beginners by Chris Smith

A fast-running drain means lots and lots of spending. If we see someone who is...

Google previewPatients with Passports (2014)

Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics by I. Glenn Cohen

“External” brain drain refers to providers who leave one country for another, while “internal” brain drain refers to those who stay put but move ...

Google previewHandbook of Building Construction (1920)

Data for Architects, Designing and Constructing Engineers, and Contractors ... by George A. Hool, Nathan Clarke Johnson

House drain is that part of the horizontal piping of a house drainage system which receives the discharge of all soil, waste and other drainage pipes inside the wallB of a building and conveys it to the house sewer, 3 to 5 ft. outside the ...

Google previewDynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade (2010)

by Bjarne Sloth Jensen, Kar-yiu Wong

Brain drain refers to the outflow of skilled and professional workers, usually permanently. These three types of migration are related not just to where people work, but also to where people get education.1 In the labor migration literature, ...

Google previewSecrets to Looking Younger (2009)

Surgical and Non-surgical Modalities to Help Us Look Our Best by Sharon T. Mclaughlin, M.d.

A drain is a tiny tube that is placed under the skin to collect extra fluid that will accumulate after surgery. There are different types of drains but most of the drains used today have a small bulb attached to it that will collect the fluid. Your surgeon ...

Google previewFundamental Nursing (1999)

by L. R. Uys

(A French drain is an enclosed drain containing stones and sand to filter out impurities while the liquid percolates through the ground). The passage of sewage through the septic tank is delayed by internal baffles. This facilitates the settling of ...

Google previewThe Making of Modern Immigration: An Encyclopedia of People and Ideas [2 volumes] (2012)

An Encyclopedia of People and Ideas by Patrick J. Hayes

Barnhill Initially, brain drain referred to the migration of skilled professionals—specifically scientists and engineers—from Europe to the United States and elsewhere in the developed world during the 1950s. Over time, the term came to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Immigrant Health (2012)

by Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic

Drain”. For destination countries, attracting and retaining skilled labor means a stronger competitive edge in both the local and global markets (commonly known as “brain drain”). For the migrant, it means better wages and often “Brain Drain”...

Google previewThe Cooks and Confectioners Dictionary (1724)

Or, The Accomplish'd Housewives Companion ... by John Nott

Put your Oranges into a Sieve to drain, then lay them one by one in a Preserving- pan, on a fingle Row; then put to them as much Syrup as will well boil them; then put them on the Fire, as soon as they have had a boil, take them off, and set ...

Google previewComprehensive Dictionary of Electrical Engineering (1999)

by Phillip A. Laplante

drain terminal of an FET (usually identical in structure to the source) to ...

Google previewComprehensive Dictionary of Electrical Engineering, Second Edition (2005)

by Philip A. Laplante

drain terminal of an FET (usually identical in structure to the source) to which electrons flow. Electrons in the FET channel flow down the drain, and current flow is defined as the negative direction of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Local Government Law (1908)

Exclusive of the Metropolis

Must drain houses of different on-ners. — The houses drained by the pipe in question must belong to different owners. A line of pipes C B ran behind a row of houses, all of which belonged to one person, and each of which was drained ...

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Quotes about Drain

It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it. (Henry Allen)
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Scrabble value of D2R1A1I1N1

The value of this 5-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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