- drein (obsolete)
From Middle English dreinen, from Old English drēahnian (“to drain, strain, filter”), from Proto-Germanic *drauhnōną (“to strain, sieve”), from Proto-Germanic *draugiz (“dry, parched”). Akin to Old English drūgian (“to dry up”), Old English drūgaþ (“dryness, drought”), Old English drȳġe (“dry”). More at dry.
drain (plural drains)
- (chiefly US, Canada) A conduit allowing liquid to flow out of an otherwise contained volume; a plughole (UK)
- The drain in the kitchen sink is clogged.
- 2013 March 1, Frank Fish, George Lauder, “Not Just Going with the Flow”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 2, page 114:
- An extreme version of vorticity is a vortex. The vortex is a spinning, cyclonic mass of fluid, which can be observed in the rotation of water going down a drain, as well as in smoke rings, tornados and hurricanes.
- (chiefly Britain) An access point or conduit for rainwater that drains directly downstream in a (drainage) basin without going through sewers or water treatment in order to prevent or belay floods.
- Something consuming resources and providing nothing in return.
- That rental property is a drain on our finances.
- (vulgar) An act of urination.
- (electronics) One terminal of a field effect transistor (FET).
- (pinball) An outhole.
- (slang, dated) A drink.
- brain drain
- circle the drain
- down the drain
- drain fly
- drainlike, drain-like
- drain pan
- drainpipe, drain pipe
- drainplug, drain plug
- drain pump
- French drain
- laugh like a drain
- like a rat up a drain
- Penrose drain
- rubble drain
- spray drain
- storm drain
- well drain
- (intransitive) To lose liquid.
- The clogged sink drained slowly.
- Knock knock.
Drain the bathtub, I'm drowning.
- (intransitive) To flow gradually.
- The water of low ground drains off.
- (transitive, ergative) To cause liquid to flow out of.
- Please drain the sink. It's full of dirty water.
- (transitive, ergative) To convert a perennially wet place into a dry one.
- They had to drain the swampy land before the parking lot could be built.
- (transitive) To deplete of energy or resources.
- The stress of this job is really draining me.
- (transitive) To draw off by degrees; to cause to flow gradually out or off; hence, to exhaust.
- (transitive, obsolete) To filter.
- 1631, [Francis Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. […], 3rd edition, London: […] VVilliam Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee […], OCLC 1044372886:
- Salt water, drained through twenty vessels of earth, hath become fresh.
- (intransitive, pinball) To fall off the bottom of the playfield.
- 1990, Steven A. Schwartz, Compute's Nintendo Secrets:
- When a ball finally drains, it's gulped down by a giant gator beneath the set of flippers.
- drain away
- draining (adjective)
- drain out
- drain the lizard (vulgar)
- drain the main vain
- → French: drainer (see there for further descendants)
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
- dative of
- Bar zèinan in drain.
- There are three of us.
- (literally, “We are in three.”)