drain
I. verb Etymology: Middle English draynen, from Old English drēahnian — more at dry Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. obsolete filter 2. a. to draw off (liquid) gradually or completely <
drained all the water out
>
b. to cause the gradual disappearance of <
drain the region's wealth
>
c. to exhaust physically or emotionally <
feeling drained at the end of a long workday
>
3. a. to make gradually dry <
drain a swamp
>
b. to carry away the surface water of <
the river that drains the valley
>
c. to deplete or empty by or as if by drawing off by degrees or in increments <
drained the country of its resources
>
d. to empty by drinking the contents of <
drain a mug of beer
>
4. drop 7c, sink <
drained the putt
>
intransitive verb 1. a. to flow off gradually b. to disappear gradually ; dwindle 2. to become emptied or freed of liquid by its flowing or dropping <
waiting for the tub to drain
>
3. to discharge surface or surplus water Synonyms: see depletedrainer noun II. noun Date: 1552 1. a means (as a pipe) by which usually liquid matter is drained 2. a. the act of draining b. a gradual outflow or withdrawal ; depletion 3. something that causes depletion ; burden 4. an electrode in a field-effect transistor toward which charge carriers move — compare gate, source

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