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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Drain·ing, vb. n.  Agric. The art of carrying off surplus water, as from land.
 Draining tile. Same as Draintile.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Drain v. t. [imp. & p. p. Drained p. pr. & vb. n. Draining.]
 1. To draw off by degrees; to cause to flow gradually out or off; hence, to cause the exhaustion of.
    Fountains drain the water from the ground adjacent.   --Bacon.
    But it was not alone that the he drained their treasure and hampered their industry.   --Motley.
 2. To exhaust of liquid contents by drawing them off; to make gradually dry or empty; to remove surface water, as from streets, by gutters, etc.; to deprive of moisture; hence, to exhaust; to empty of wealth, resources, or the like; as, to drain a country of its specie.
 Sinking waters, the firm land to drain,
 Filled the capacious deep and formed the main.   --Roscommon.
 3. To filter.
    Salt water, drained through twenty vessels of earth, hath become fresh.   --Bacon.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : having a debilitating effect; "an exhausting job in the hot
            sun" [syn: exhausting]