Most commonly found at the bottom of sinks and bathtubs across the globe, a drain is the hole through which water is carried away.
If it rains on the day you decided to go to the beach, you could say your plans went right "down the drain." When used as a verb, to drain means "to gradually empty," whether it's a man-made lake that's got to go or some financial obligations putting a strain on your wallet. And that obnoxious guy who's sucking the life out of the party? He's a real drain too.
n a pipe through which liquid is carried away
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a transverse and totally enclosed drain under a road or railway
drain that allows water on the deck of a vessel to flow overboard
cloaca, sewer, sewerage
a waste pipe that carries away sewage or surface water
drain that conveys liquid waste from toilets, etc.
drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas
n a gradual depletion of energy or resources
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drawing, drawing off
act of getting or draining something such as electricity or a liquid from a source
depletion or loss of intellectual and technical personnel
drawing off water from its main channel as for irrigation
drawing of fluid or inflammation away from a diseased part of the body
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the act of decreasing something markedly