Meaning of DRAIN in English

v. & n.


1. tr. draw off liquid from, esp.: a make (land etc.) dry by providing an outflow for moisture. b (of a river) carry off the superfluous water of (a district). c remove purulent matter from (an abscess).

2 tr. (foll. by off, away) draw off (liquid) esp. by a pipe.

3 intr. (foll. by away, off, through) flow or trickle away.

4 intr. (of a wet cloth, a vessel, etc.) become dry as liquid flows away (put it there to drain).

5 tr. (often foll. by of) exhaust or deprive (a person or thing) of strength, resources, property, etc.

6 tr. a drink (liquid) to the dregs. b empty (a vessel) by drinking the contents.


1. a a channel, conduit, or pipe carrying off liquid, esp. an artificial conduit for water or sewage. b a tube for drawing off the discharge from an abscess etc.

2 a constant outflow, withdrawal, or expenditure (a great drain on my resources).

Phrases and idioms:

down the drain colloq. lost, wasted. laugh like a drain laugh copiously; guffaw.

Etymology: OE dre(a)hnian f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.