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drain

 (drān)
v. drained, drain·ing, drains
v.tr.
1. To draw off (a liquid) by a gradual process: drained water from the sink.
2.
a. To cause liquid to go out from; empty: drained the bathtub; drain the pond.
b. To draw off the surface water of: The Mississippi River drains a vast area.
3. To drink all the contents of: drained the cup.
4.
a. To cause (a resource or supply of something) to be used up gradually and often completely. See Synonyms at deplete.
b. To fatigue or spend emotionally or physically: The day's events drained me of energy.
5. Sports To put (a ball or shot) into a hole or basket, as in golf or basketball: drained the putt for a birdie.
v.intr.
1. To flow off or out: Gasoline drained slowly from the tilted can.
2. To become empty by the drawing off of liquid: watched the tub slowly drain.
3. To discharge surface or excess water: The Niagara River drains into Lake Ontario. When flooded, the swamp drains northward.
4. To become gradually depleted; dwindle: felt his enthusiasm draining.
n.
1. A pipe or channel by which liquid is drawn off.
2. Medicine A device, such as a tube, inserted into the opening of a wound or body cavity to facilitate discharge of fluid or purulent material.
3. The act or process of draining.
4.
a. A gradual outflow or loss; consumption or depletion: the drain of young talent by emigration.
b. Something that causes a gradual loss: interruptions that are a drain on my patience.
Idiom:
down the drain
To or into the condition of being wasted or lost: All of our best laid plans are down the drain.

[Middle English dreinen, to strain, drain, from Old English drēahnian.]

drain′a·ble adj.
drain′er n.

drain

(dreɪn)
n
1. (Civil Engineering) a pipe or channel that carries off water, sewage, etc
2. an instance or cause of continuous diminution in resources or energy; depletion
3. (Surgery) surgery a device, such as a tube, for insertion into a wound, incision, or bodily cavity to drain off pus, etc
4. (Electronics) electronics the electrode region in a field-effect transistor into which majority carriers flow from the interelectrode conductivity channel
5. down the drain wasted
vb
6. (often foll by: off) to draw off or remove (liquid) from: to drain water from vegetables; to drain vegetables.
7. (often foll by: away) to flow (away) or filter (off)
8. (intr) to dry or be emptied as a result of liquid running off or flowing away: leave the dishes to drain.
9. (tr) to drink the entire contents of (a glass, cup, etc)
10. (tr) to consume or make constant demands on (resources, energy, etc); exhaust; sap
11. (intr) to disappear or leave, esp gradually: the colour drained from his face.
12. (Physical Geography) (tr) (of a river, etc) to carry off the surface water from (an area)
13. (Physical Geography) (intr) (of an area) to discharge its surface water into rivers, streams, etc
[Old English drēahnian; related to Old Norse drangr dry wood; see dry]
ˈdrainable adj

drain

(dreɪn)

v.t.
1. to draw off (a liquid) gradually.
2. to empty by drawing off liquid.
3. to exhaust the strength or resources of.
v.i.
4. to flow off or empty gradually.
n.
5. a pipe, conduit, etc., by which a liquid drains.
6. an act of draining.
7. something that causes a large outflow or depletion.
Idioms:
go down the drain, to become worthless or profitless.
[before 1000; Middle English dreynen, Old English drēhnian,drēahnian to strain, filter; akin to dry]
drain′a•ble, adj.
drain′er, n.

drain


Past participle: drained
Gerund: draining

Imperative
drain
drain
Present
I drain
you drain
he/she/it drains
we drain
you drain
they drain
Preterite
I drained
you drained
he/she/it drained
we drained
you drained
they drained
Present Continuous
I am draining
you are draining
he/she/it is draining
we are draining
you are draining
they are draining
Present Perfect
I have drained
you have drained
he/she/it has drained
we have drained
you have drained
they have drained
Past Continuous
I was draining
you were draining
he/she/it was draining
we were draining
you were draining
they were draining
Past Perfect
I had drained
you had drained
he/she/it had drained
we had drained
you had drained
they had drained
Future
I will drain
you will drain
he/she/it will drain
we will drain
you will drain
they will drain
Future Perfect
I will have drained
you will have drained
he/she/it will have drained
we will have drained
you will have drained
they will have drained
Future Continuous
I will be draining
you will be draining
he/she/it will be draining
we will be draining
you will be draining
they will be draining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been draining
you have been draining
he/she/it has been draining
we have been draining
you have been draining
they have been draining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been draining
you will have been draining
he/she/it will have been draining
we will have been draining
you will have been draining
they will have been draining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been draining
you had been draining
he/she/it had been draining
we had been draining
you had been draining
they had been draining
Conditional
I would drain
you would drain
he/she/it would drain
we would drain
you would drain
they would drain
Past Conditional
I would have drained
you would have drained
he/she/it would have drained
we would have drained
you would have drained
they would have drained
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.drain - emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of itdrain - emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it
emptying, evacuation, voidance - the act of removing the contents of something
2.drain - tube inserted into a body cavity (as during surgery) to remove unwanted material
tube, tubing - conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases
surgery - the branch of medical science that treats disease or injury by operative procedures; "he is professor of surgery at the Harvard Medical School"
3.drain - a pipe through which liquid is carried awaydrain - a pipe through which liquid is carried away
culvert - a transverse and totally enclosed drain under a road or railway
pipage, pipe, piping - a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc.
scupper - drain that allows water on the deck of a vessel to flow overboard
sewer, sewerage, cloaca - a waste pipe that carries away sewage or surface water
soil pipe - drain that conveys liquid waste from toilets, etc.
trap - drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas
4.drain - a gradual depletion of energy or resources; "a drain on resources"; "a drain of young talent by emigration"
depletion - the act of decreasing something markedly
drawing off, drawing - act of getting or draining something such as electricity or a liquid from a source; "the drawing of water from the well"
brain drain - depletion or loss of intellectual and technical personnel
Verb1.drain - flow off gradually; "The rain water drains into this big vat"
course, flow, run, feed - move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"
2.drain - deplete of resources; "The exercise class drains me of energy"
deplete, use up, wipe out, eat up, exhaust, run through, eat, consume - use up (resources or materials); "this car consumes a lot of gas"; "We exhausted our savings"; "They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"
3.drain - empty of liquid; drain the liquid from; "We drained the oil tank"
empty - make void or empty of contents; "Empty the box"; "The alarm emptied the building"
4.drain - make weak; "Life in the camp drained him"
weaken - lessen the strength of; "The fever weakened his body"
emaciate, macerate, waste - cause to grow thin or weak; "The treatment emaciated him"

drain

verb
1. remove, draw, empty, withdraw, milk, tap, pump, bleed, evacuate machines to drain water out of the mines
2. empty, unload, clear out, remove the contents of I didn't know what we would find when we drained the pool.
3. flow out, leak, discharge, trickle, ooze, seep, exude, well out, effuse The water drained away.
4. drink up, swallow, knock back, finish, sink (informal), put away (informal), swig (informal), guzzle, quaff, polish off, gulp down She drained the contents of her glass and refilled it.
5. exhaust, tire, wear out, strain, weaken, fatigue, weary, debilitate, prostrate, tax, tire out, enfeeble, enervate My emotional turmoil has drained me.
6. consume, waste, exhaust, empty, bleed, deplete, use up, sap, dissipate, expend, swallow up Deficits drain resources from the pool of national savings.
noun
1. sewer, channel, pipe, sink, outlet, ditch, trench, conduit, duct, culvert, watercourse He built his own house and laid his own drains.
2. reduction, strain, drag, expenditure, exhaustion, sapping, depletion This has been a big drain on resources.
down the drain gone, lost, wasted, ruined, down the tubes, down the pan, gone for good His public image is down the drain.

drain

verb
1. To remove (a liquid) by a steady, gradual process:
draw (off), let out, pump, tap.
2. To grow or cause to grow gradually less:
3. To lessen or weaken severely, as by removing something essential:
5. To diminish the strength and energy of:
noun
Translations
سبب اسْتِنْزاف أو اسْتِهْلاكسيفونمَصْرَفٌ لِلمِيَاهمَصْرَف ماء، قَناةيُجَفِّفُ
kanálkapatodčerpáváníodlivodpad
afløbdrændrænedryppe afforsvinde
tyhjentääviemäriviemäriaukko
iscijeditiodvodutičnica
adóelfolyikkiszipolyozkiszívlecsapol
láta renna afòurrausa, tæmaòurrausa; gera örmagnaòurrka upp, ræsa framræsi, framræsluskurîur
排水する排水口排水管
마개 구멍배수(...에서) 배출시키다
alintojasdrenažasdrenuotidžiovinamoji lentaeikvotojas
aizplūstdrenadrenēt, nosusinātizsūcējsizsūkt
odčerpávanieodkvapkaťodtekaťodtiecťodvodniť
ceditiizsušitikanalodceditiodteči
avloppavloppshåltappa ut
ท่อระบายน้ำระบายออกรูที่ให้น้ำไหลออก
cốnglỗ thoát nướctháo nước

drain

[dreɪn]
A. N
1. (= outlet) (in house) → desagüe m; (in street) → boca f de alcantarilla, sumidero m (Agr) → zanja f de drenaje
the drains (= sewage system) → el alcantarillado msing
to throw one's money down the draintirar el dinero (por la ventana)
to go down the drainperderse, echarse a perder
see also laugh B
2. (fig) (= source of loss) to be a drain on [+ energies, resources] → consumir, agotar
they are a great drain on our reservesellos se llevan gran parte de nuestras reservas
it has been a great drain on herla ha agotado
B. VT
1. (Agr) [+ land, marshes, lake] → drenar, desecar; [+ vegetables, last drops] → escurrir; [+ glass, radiator etc] → vaciar (Med) [+ wound etc] → drenar
2. (fig) → agotar, consumir
to feel drained (of energy)sentirse agotado or sin fuerzas
the country is being drained of wealthal país lo están empobreciendo
C. VI [washed dishes, vegetables] → escurrir; [liquid] → desaguar; [stream] → desembocar (into en)
drain away
A. VT + ADV [+ liquid] (from vegetables etc) → escurrir (Med, Mech) → drenar
B. VI + ADV [liquid] → irse; [strength] → agotarse
drain off
A. VT + ADV [+ liquid] (from vegetables etc) → escurrir (Med, Mech) → drenar
B. VI + ADV [liquid] → irse

drain

[ˈdreɪn]
n
[house] → canalisation f
the drains [house] → les canalisations
The drains are blocked → Les canalisations sont bouchées.
down the drain (= lost, wasted) → jeté(e) par les fenêtres
to go down the drain (= be ruined) → être anéanti(e) drain rods
[town] → canalisation f
(opening in roadside, covered by metal grid)bouche f d'égout
a drain on resources → une ponction
a drain on one's funds → une ponction
to be a drain on sth [+ resources, funds] → constituer une ponction dans qch, constituer une ponction sur qch
vt [+ land, marshes, mine] → drainer, assécher
to drain water from sth [+ land, mines] → drainer qch
[+ vegetables] → égoutter
(= empty) [+ reservoir] → vider; [+ glass, cup] → vider
(= swallow) [+ drink] → vider d'un trait
(= exhaust) [+ person] → exténuer
to feel drained (of energy, emotion)être épuisé(e)
vi [water] → s'écouler

drain

n
(= pipe)Rohr nt; (under sink etc) → Abfluss (→ rohr nt) m; (under the ground) → Kanalisationsrohr nt; (= drain cover)Rost m; open drain(Abfluss)rinne f; to pour money down the drain (fig inf)das Geld zum Fenster hinauswerfen; this country/company is going down the drain (inf)dieses Land/diese Firma geht vor die Hunde (inf); I had to watch all our efforts go down the drainich musste zusehen, wie alle unsere Bemühungen zunichte(gemacht) wurden; to laugh like a drain (Brit inf) → sich kaputtlachen
(on resources, finances etc) → Belastung f (→ on +gen); looking after her father has been a great drain on her energydie Pflege ihres Vaters hat sehr an ihren Kräften gezehrt ? brain drain
vt
(lit)drainieren; land, marshesentwässern; vegetablesabgießen; (= let drain)abtropfen lassen; mineauspumpen; reservoirtrockenlegen; boiler, radiatordas Wasser ablassen aus; engine oilablassen
(fig) such emotions drain our energysolche Gefühle zehren an unseren Kräften; to feel drainedsich ausgelaugt fühlen; to drain a country of resourcesein Land auslaugen or auspowern; to drain somebody dryjdn ausnehmen (inf)
(= empty) glassaustrinken, leeren
vi
(vegetables, dishes)abtropfen; (land into river)entwässert werden
(fig) the blood/colour (Brit) or color (US) drained from his facedas Blut/die Farbe wich aus seinem Gesicht; his face drained of all colour (Brit) or color (US) → er wurde wachsbleich

drain

:
drain hose
n (of washing machine) → Abflussschlauch m
draining board, (US) drain board
nAblauf m
drainpipe
nAbflussrohr nt
drainpipes, drainpipe trousers
plRöhrenhosen pl

drain

[dreɪn]
1. n
a. (outlet) → scarico, canale m di scolo; (pipe) → tubatura di scarico; (drain cover) → tombino
to throw one's money down the drain (fig) → buttare i soldi dalla finestra
b. the drains npl (sewage system) → le fognature
c. (fig) (source of loss) a drain on (energies, resources) → un salasso per
it has been a great drain on her → l'ha veramente spossata
2. vt (land, lake) → prosciugare; (marshes) → bonificare, drenare; (vegetables, pasta) → scolare; (glass, bottle of wine) → svuotare; (radiator) → (far) svuotare (Med) (wound) → drenare
to feel drained (of energy) (fig) → sentirsi svuotato/a (di energie), sentirsi sfinito/a
3. vi (washed dishes, vegetables) → scolare; (liquid, stream) to drain (into)defluire (in)
drain away
1. vt + adv (liquid) → far scolare
2. vi + adv (liquid) → scolare; (strength) → esaurirsi
drain off vt + adv (liquid) → far scolare

drain

(drein) verb
1. to clear (land) of water by the use of ditches and pipes. There are plans to drain the marsh.
2. (of water) to run away. The water drained away/off into the ditch.
3. to pour off the water etc from or allow the water etc to run off from. Would you drain the vegetables?; He drained the petrol tank; The blood drained from her face.
4. to drink everything contained in. He drained his glass.
5. to use up completely (the money, strength etc of). The effort drained all his energy.
noun
1. something (a ditch, trench, waterpipe etc) designed to carry away water. The heavy rain has caused several drains to overflow.
2. something which slowly exhausts a supply, especially of one's money or strength. His car is a constant drain on his money.
ˈdrainage (-nidʒ) noun
the process, method or system of carrying away extra water. The town's drainage is very efficient.
ˈdraining-board noun
the area at the side of a sink grooved and sloping to allow water from dishes to drain away.
ˈdrainpipe noun
a pipe which carries water from the roof of a building to the ground.
down the drain
wasted. We had to scrap everything and start again – six months' work down the drain!

drain

سيفون, مَصْرَفٌ لِلمِيَاه, يُصَرِّفُ ماءً odpad, odtok, vypustit afløb, dræn, dræne Abflussloch, Abzugsrinne, entwässern αεραγωγός, στραγγίζω, σωλήνας αποχέτευσης desagüe, escurrir, sumidero, vaciar tyhjentää, viemäri, viemäriaukko bonde, égout, égoutter iscijediti, odvod, utičnica drenare, scarico, tubo di scarico 排水する, 排水口, 排水管 마개 구멍, 배수, (...에서) 배출시키다 afvoer, afvoeren, afvoerkanaal avløp, tappe kanał, osuszyć, otwór odpływowy drenar, dreno, escoadouro, ralo дренаж, осушать, штепсельное гнездо avlopp, avloppshål, tappa ut ท่อระบายน้ำ, ระบายออก, รูที่ให้น้ำไหลออก atık borusu, atık boşaltmak, musluk deliği cống, lỗ thoát nước, tháo nước 排放, 排水沟, 插孔

drain

n. desagüe, escurridor;
v. drenar, desaguar, eliminar una secreción o pus de una parte infectada.

drain

n drenaje m; surgical — drenaje quirúrgico; vt drenar; to drain an abscess..drenar un absceso; vi salir(le), drenar; Is the wound still draining pus?..¿Todavía le sale pus de la herida?
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