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Definition 1: emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for drain in the sense of this definition

(drain is a kind of ...) the act of removing the contents of something

Definition 2: a gradual depletion of energy or resources - [noun denoting act]

Samples where drain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a drain on resources
  • a drain of young talent by emigration

(drain is a kind of ...) the act of decreasing something markedly

(... is a kind of drain ) act of getting or draining something such as electricity or a liquid from a source

"the drawing of water from the well"

(... is a kind of drain ) depletion or loss of intellectual and technical personnel

Definition 3: a pipe through which liquid is carried away - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for drain in the sense of this definition

(drain is a kind of ...) a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc.

(... is a kind of drain ) a transverse and totally enclosed drain under a road or railway

(... is a kind of drain ) drain that allows water on the deck of a vessel to flow overboard

(... is a kind of drain ) a waste pipe that carries away sewage or surface water

(... is a kind of drain ) drain that conveys liquid waste from toilets, etc.

(... is a kind of drain ) drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas

Definition 4: tube inserted into a body cavity (as during surgery) to remove unwanted material - [noun denoting artifact]

(drain is a kind of ...) conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases

(drain belongs to category ...) the branch of medical science that treats disease or injury by operative procedures

"he is professor of surgery at the Harvard Medical School"

Definition 5: empty of liquid; drain the liquid from - [verb of change]

Samples where drain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We drained the oil tank

(drain is a kind of ...) make void or empty of contents

"Empty the box" "The alarm emptied the building"

Definition 6: make weak - [verb of change]

Samples where drain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Life in the camp drained him

Synonyms for drain in the sense of this definition

(drain is a kind of ...) lessen the strength of

"The fever weakened his body"

(... is a kind of drain ) cause to grow thin or weak

"The treatment emaciated him"

Definition 7: deplete of resources - [verb of consumption]

Samples where drain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The exercise class drains me of energy

(drain is a kind of ...) 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"

Definition 8: flow off gradually - [verb of motion]

Samples where drain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The rain water drains into this big vat

Synonyms for drain in the sense of this definition

(drain is a kind of ...) move along, of liquids

"Water flowed into the cave" "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"

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