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.

Definitions of drain

n emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it

Type of:
emptying, evacuation, voidance
the act of removing the contents of something

n a pipe through which liquid is carried away

drainpipe, waste pipe
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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
soil pipe
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
Type of:
pipage, pipe, piping
a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc.

n tube inserted into a body cavity (as during surgery) to remove unwanted material

Type of:
tube, tubing
conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases

n a gradual depletion of energy or resources

“a drain on resources”
“a drain of young talent by emigration”
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drawing, drawing off
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
drawing off water from its main channel as for irrigation
drawing of fluid or inflammation away from a diseased part of the body
Type of:
the act of decreasing something markedly

v empty of liquid; drain the liquid from

“We drained the oil tank”
Type of:
make void or empty of contents

v flow off gradually

“The rain water drains into this big vat”
run out
Type of:
course, feed, flow, run
move along, of liquids

v deplete of resources

“The exercise class drains me of energy”
Type of:
consume, deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out
use up (resources or materials)

v make weak

“Life in the camp drained him”
debilitate, enfeeble
emaciate, macerate, waste
cause to grow thin or weak
Type of:
lessen the strength of

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