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  • n. A slightly elevated and inclined surface, designed so that wet objects can be placed on that surface, and water on those objects can drip or drain away.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a board beside a kitchen sink having a surface inclined so as to drain into the sink.

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

  • n. a board beside a kitchen sink and inclined to drain into the sink


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  • Scrambled eggs and God bless the chives got its own portable radio mounted drainboard flush with an oldies station.

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  • There is nothing worse than one cup in the drainboard.

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  • I got up from the table and set my plate on the drainboard, half of my food uneaten.

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  • He drank from it, then took a cigar stub out of his shirt pocket, put it between his teeth, and leaned on his arms against the drainboard.

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  • He set them on the drainboard and began a loud and clumsy fumbling through the cupboard, obviously in hopes of provoking help.

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  • He found a candle in a kitchen drawer, lit it, and melted the wax in a pool so he could affix it to the drainboard.

    Rain Gods

  • Holding her knife poised above her chop board, Ella raised her head and looked through the window over the drainboard.


  • She drained it and replaced it with hot water, but after turning off the faucet, she curved her hands over the edge of the drainboard, bracing herself against it.


  • Several pieces of crockery and china were knocked off the drainboard and onto the floor, breaking in the widening puddle of starch.


  • When I think how far the onion has traveled just to enter my stew today, I could kneel and praise all small forgotten miracles, crackly paper peeling on the drainboard, pearly layers in smooth agreement, the way knife enters onion and onion falls apart on the chopping block,

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