drain

v. & n.
—v.
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.
—n.
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

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