from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The action or a method of draining.
  • n. A system of drains.
  • n. Something that is drained off.
  • n. Medicine The removal of fluid or purulent material from a wound or body cavity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A natural or artificial removal of surface and sub-surface water from a given area.
  • n. A system of drains.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A draining; a gradual flowing off of any liquid; also, that which flows out of a drain.
  • n. The mode in which the waters of a country pass off by its streams and rivers.
  • n. The system of drains and their operation, by which superfluous water is removed from towns, railway beds, mines, and other works.
  • n. Area or district drained
  • n. The act, process, or means of drawing off the pus or fluids from a wound, abscess, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of draining; a gradual flowing off, as of a liquid.
  • n. The system of conduits, channels, or passages by means of which something is drained.
  • n. That which is drained off; that which is carried away by a system of drains; the water carried off by the systems of rivers and their minor affluents in any drainage-basin, or area of catchment, or in any part thereof. See basin, 8, and catchment.
  • n. In surgery, the draining of the pus and other morbid products from an accidental or artificial wound.
  • n. In surgery, drainage of a cavity by a tube which opens at the surface at two opposite points, allowing irrigation and drainage of the cavity without disturbance of the dressings.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it


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