from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The act or process of draining; a gradual flowing off, as of a liquid.
  • noun The system of conduits, channels, or passages by means of which something is drained.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In surgery, the draining of the pus and other morbid products from an accidental or artificial wound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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