from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A drip-pipe; a pipe for draining the water from the cylinder of an engine or a pump.
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At our end of the room were the two large trays that I had seen in the workshop, now mounted on trestles and each fitted with a rubber drain-tube leading down to a bucket.
Polton, who had been waiting with his hand on the stop-cock of the drain-tube, rapidly ran off the developer into the bucket and flooded the paper with the fixing solution.
As the water rises, it takes the path of least resistance into the drain-tube (also known as drain tile).