Drain·ing, vb. n. Agric. The art of carrying off surplus water, as from land.
Draining tile. Same as Draintile.
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.
adj : having a debilitating effect; "an exhausting job in the hot
sun" [syn: exhausting]