Meaning of DRAIN in English

I. ˈdrān verb

Etymology: Middle English draynen, from Old English drēahnian — more at dry

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb

1. obsolete : filter


a. : to draw off (liquid) gradually or completely

drain ed all the water out

b. : to cause the gradual disappearance of

drain the region's wealth

c. : to exhaust physically or emotionally

feeling drain ed at the end of a long workday


a. : to make gradually dry

drain a swamp

b. : to carry away the surface water of

the river that drain s the valley

c. : to deplete or empty by or as if by drawing off by degrees or in increments

drain ed the country of its resources

d. : to empty by drinking the contents of

drain a mug of beer

4. : drop 7c, sink

drain ed the putt

intransitive verb


a. : to flow off gradually

b. : to disappear gradually : dwindle

2. : to become emptied or freed of liquid by its flowing or dropping

waiting for the tub to drain

3. : to discharge surface or surplus water

Synonyms: see deplete

• drain·er noun

II. noun

Date: 1552

1. : a means (as a pipe) by which usually liquid matter is drained


a. : the act of draining

b. : a gradual outflow or withdrawal : depletion

3. : something that causes depletion : burden

4. : an electrode in a field-effect transistor toward which charge carriers move — compare gate , source

- down the drain

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.