Translation of drain in Spanish:


sumidero, n.

Pronunciation /dreɪn/

See Spanish definition of sumidero


  • 1

    (in garden, patio)
    • 1.1(pipe)

      sumidero masculine
      resumidero masculine Latin America
      the drains el alcantarillado
      • The room's toilet pipes and shower drains carry this waste to a holding tank.
      • At a hardware store, I laid the fittings out on the floor of the plumbing aisle and began to design our drain, waste and vent systems.
      • First try the liquid drain products that are compatible with your home plumbing system first.
      • When sewage builds up too quickly it can block the system's outlet pipe and clog the drain, causing a backup.
      • This allows there to be fewer drains and narrower down pipes.
      • Look around the sink, slow draining pipes indicate a blocked drain.
      • This may indicate that roof leakage is occurring where the drain vent pipe penetrates the roof flashing.
      • Clogged drains and pipes problems will prevent the bathtub from drying and may indicate serious problems beneath the bathtub.
      • Close the water valves and disconnect the water lines just above the valves and the drain piping at the trap.
      • Plugged and or restricted drain lines need to be snaked out using a plumber drain cleaning snake.
      • But now we can't even use the plumbing because the drains are all backed up.
      • Gas had built up and seeped through pipes, drains and cable ducts into the bungalows.
      • Rat-tailed maggot larvae may be found in drains, waste waters, liquid manure, slurry tanks or ditches.
      • The system must also provide for waste flow to drains.
      • They were primitive small cylinders, not hooked up to water pipes or drains, with no spin dryers or wringers.
      • It was no longer possible to flush out waste down the drains.
      • It is good that the BMP has started work on removing silt from storm water drains before the onset of monsoon.
      • An effort is also on to kick off work to cover open storm water drains like the one in Jeevan Bhima Nagar - where a youth was drowned earlier this year.
      • The poor state of storm water drains in the city became evident after the first spells of heavy rain last month.
      • He says he has campaigned for better drains along the busy route for more than 14 years.

    • 1.2British (grid)

      sumidero masculine
      resumidero masculine Latin America
      • And so the Ravenscar Estate Company set to work with hundreds of men, laying drains and building roads and offering building plots for sale at auction.
      • Some 300 men were employed to lay drains and construct new roads.
      • The road drains here were flushed out not too long ago, and the drainage system out on the fens seems more than able to cope with the rain we've had and a lot more.
      • It was recovered from a drain in the Road, barely a mile from his home.
      • Staff at the centre spent Tuesday night rescuing more than 200 toads which had jumped down drains in the road, attracted by the water below.
      • They blamed blocked road drains being unable to cope with the torrential rain held back by road humps.
      • Straight roads, sanitation, drains and fountains offered a clear and ordered view of the world.
      • Metal drain grates on a number of roads have gone missing and are not only a danger to pedestrians but also cause damage to cars and motorcycles.
      • We are going to set this right first by making a uniform carriageway of four lanes, fit pre-cast drains and asphalt the roads.
      • The man lies dead in a drain after a security guard reportedly shot him during a robbery at a liquor store yesterday.
      • With high tides and gale force winds the drains alongside the road were unable to take the flow of water which caused severe flooding on the road.
      • A drain constructed from sheet metal guttering was installed at the foot of each plot to intercept the runoff.
      • Run-off from roads and farmland created some problems, blocking drains and gullies.
      • Residents don't need to mow their grass, clean drains or worry about painting window frames.

    • 1.3Medicine

      drenaje masculine
      • Note drain and second abscess in segments VII and VIII
      • The PACU nurse monitors the compression-bulb drain from the abdominal cavity for the type and quantity of output.
      • Tubes, sutures and drains cover his body from nose to abdomen.
      • They experimented by omitting the use of dressings and, instead inserted drains using bactericidal fluids.
      • The doctors therefore simply inserted two abdominal drains under local anaesthetic, and about 50 ml of fluid drained from each.
      • The surgeon places a closed-suction drain tube, which remains in place at least two days postoperatively.
      • Little has been reported on the painfulness of the removal of (non-chest tube) wound drains.
      • A tube or strip of rubber called a drain may be left in the abscess to stop it from healing over.
      • Skin protection is the common denominator linking the management of tubes, drains, fistulae, and draining wounds.
      • It may also present with signs of sepsis, or increased drainage output from previously placed chest tubes and drains.
      • Tubes called drains may be used to remove any build-ups of blood in an area of the body until healing occurs.
      • All patients have a number of drains, plastic tubes left under the skin and fat to collect tissue fluid and blood, left in place for one to two weeks.
      • You may also be given a drain, to remove any blood and fluid that accumulates around the wound.
      • Her lumbar drain and indwelling Foley catheter was removed the morning after surgery, and she ambulated in the hall later that morning.
      • The subcutaneous drain is removed within the first few days or when the output is less than 50 cc's per day.
      • The wound is closed in layers over a drain placed in the subcutaneous space.
      • Two drains were placed in the largest abscesses in the right and left lobes under ultrasound guidance.
      • The first lymph node into which fluids from a tumor drain is called the sentinel node.
      • The surgeon removes the drain 24 hours after surgery if no increases in intracranial pressure are noted.
      • At completion of the procedure a single chest tube drain is placed.

  • 2British

    (in street)
    alcantarilla feminine
  • 3

    desagüe masculine
    that's money down the drain eso es tirar el dinero
    • 20 years' research down the drain veinte años de investigación tirados por la borda
  • 4

    • 4.1(cause of depletion)

      a drain on sth
      • a drain on the country's resources
      • his drinking was a constant drain on his wages
      • the extra work is an enormous drain on my energy
      • This is expensive, so that neonatal care provides a significant drain on scarce resources.
      • Demands from the NSW Government for higher dividends are creating a drain on resources within the power entities.
      • In fact, they are a drain on its resources, creating a deficit of over Rs.12 lakhs a year, despite the huge income that tours generate for their promoters.
      • It is a major drain on police resources in Swindon, and the newspaper has recently reported problems in Toothill, Freshbrook, Stratton and Highworth.
      • Conferences are a huge drain on time and resources, taking the best and brightest away from their work implementing the agreement.
      • To suggest that, in the recent past, cities were widely perceived otherwise - as a drain on resources - is disingenuous, to say the least.
      • The report, by a Washington research group, said both groups are victims of malnutrition and a drain on national resources.
      • Too often, what may seem to be another ‘great idea’ can become a distraction or even a drain on resources.
      • The reduction in funding means some families will now have to apply for respite, which will mean an alternative drain on the government resources.
      • ‘It was very successful but when the problems died down the project became a big drain on resources so we stopped it,’ he said.
      • It is a known fact that road haulage apart from the massive costs involved, is a drain on national resources, as the network regularly needs repair.
      • ‘Policing of this one premises represents a substantial drain on my resources,’ said the inspector.
      • To support this expansion increasing demands were made on economies, adding a further drain on resources.
      • It only gives them one more mouth to feed and one more drain on their meager resources.
      • They believe that diagnosis is a neglected problem which allows conditions to deteriorate, placing further drains on NHS resources.
      • Another day he hopes will come is when the network ceases to be a drain on the budget and becomes a revenue producer for the city.
      • Cellphones and palmtop organisers can now play louder ring tones and MP3 music with less drain on the batteries, thanks to a new way of radiating sound from the screen
      • If you're looking for the culprit responsible for most of the drain on your batteries, it's that big LCD display on the back of the camera.
      • Single slot transmission will avoid excessive heating and battery drain, but will limit the speed of, for example, video phone output.
      • Buttons on the camera body let you change most settings without turning on the color display and drilling through menus, a battery drain.
      • Ongoing legal battles continue to be an economic drain on the resources of the Mohawk community.

    • 4.2(outflow, loss)

      fuga feminine
      • The introduction of upper division programs will result in new expenditures, which cannot help creating a drain on existing resources.
      • The company has consistently said that funding the continuing trading losses is the biggest drain on its cash flow.
      • This drain on financial resources limits the region's ability to continue to grow and create wealth.
      • Now U.S. taxpayers are tired of the drain on local schools, hospitals and other services.
      • Oh sure, the on-campus businesses went about their usual routine, with some making money and the ones that historically are a budget drain continuing to be so.
      • Some experts believe the crisis will be particularly severe in Scotland, because the continuing drain of departing youth multiplies the effect of an ageing population.
      • Even worse, these utilities are often a continual drain and national budgets, thus the need to go to the IMF or World Bank for bailouts.
      • Police pensions continued to be a drain on the budget and support systems had been stripped back to such an extent that it would be ‘dangerous’ to go further.
      • The former controller of BBC Radio Four wants to halt the drain of Caledonian talent dripping away to London in his new role in Scotland.
      • The drain of talent could be heightened even further next year after the chief executive revealed they may be forced to scrap their Academy team.
      • However, the constant drain of talent can be a vicious circle.
      • Is it the appalling language, the irregular sleeping patterns, or the continual drain on your bank balance?
      • The other significant drain on Garda resources continued to be public order offences, many of which were alcohol-related.
      • They have drafted in a former first team coach to co-ordinate a new youth policy which, they hope, will stop the drain of talent away from the town.
      • Without that recognition, current problems cannot be addressed, and the drain of musical talent from the church will continue.
      • The report revealed that unless there is a fundamental change in visitor numbers, the Centre will continue to be a drain on the Council purse.
      • A pattern has emerged, and one that highlights a worrying talent drain.
      • As long as people can pursue their economic interests by going where the opportunity is, that drain will continue.
      • However, it makes no sense to keep the project alive at the cost of a massive, continuing drain from consumers and public finances.
      • Dobbs' task will be to stem the viewership drain, and he says he harbors no illusions about the difficulty of the job at hand.

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1

      (container/tank) vaciar
      (land/swamp) drenar
      (land/swamp) avenar
      (blood) drenar
      (sap/water) extraer
      to drain the oil from the engine vaciar el aceite del motor
      • The feature is undergoing ‘major maintenance’ work which involves the water tanks being completely drained and all parts serviced.
      • Ultimately, maintenance drained the water tank, squashing that tricky freezing problem, and we took off.
      • He takes them to a line drawn on the ground (the putative location of the equator) and drains a pan of water on either side of it.
      • They drained the water drum and refilled it afresh, and left with a hearty goodbye and thank you, hugs and a kiss from Sarah.
      • The moat was drained of water with only moss growing at the bottom and the outside walls crawling with thorny vines.
      • The land is sinking because the aquifers are being drained, and it won't work any more.
      • Owing to the increased flow of the water carried by the new drain which drained a larger area, damage was caused to the plaintiff's land.
      • Actually, pools need not be drained in the southern areas of Mid-America, but the water level should be kept constant.
      • A survey carried out by the council says that much of the land has been mined below the legal limit, and there were no baulks of peat left to prevent the area from being completely drained.
      • Coulombe treats the infected arm by placing it into a basin of piping hot water to drain the white-yellow pus.
      • Thousands of them had to be drained of their glandular mucus to make one single purple toga.
      • If the pump cannot be drained completely, store the sprayer where it cannot freeze.
      • Going head-to-head against Jack Nicklaus in a major was like trying to drain the Pacific Ocean with a teacup.

    • 1.2Cooking

      (vegetables/rice/pasta) escurrir
      (vegetables/rice/pasta) colar
      • The scuppers, or the devices to allow the water to drain off the decks have been opened - they're normally in a closed position.
      • Place on paper towel and allow the grease to drain off.
      • Marinate for 20 to 30 minutes, then drain off the liquid.
      • Lift the soaked floppy gelatine out of the water and give it a shake to drain off the excess liquid.
      • A section of the Leeds and Liverpool canal will have to be drained in November to allow further work on the construction of Ferncliffe Road bridge.
      • The special port facilities, which could be drained to allow repairs on ships' hulls, have been closed and the heavy machinery dismantled and moved to Liverpool.
      • Do not drain off the small amount of liquid remaining in the saucepan.
      • The curd mat is transferred into a cookerstretcher of his own design, which heats the curd and continues to drain off liquid.
      • Press the rhubarb lightly to drain off its juices, allowing them to trickle into the egg-sugar-butter-flour mixture.
      • However, both are good for you - just drain off the oil.
      • Lightly drain off the excess oil and transfer to a lined sheet pan.
      • A quick fry in a non-stick pan works well, as the skin crisps and you can drain off the excess oils.
      • To blanch the almonds, cover them with boiling water for a few minutes, refresh them under cold water, drain them and rub the skins off with your finger tips.
      • While the sausages are cooking, remove the grapes from their stems, rinse them under cool water, drain them, and place them in a bowl.
      • Wash them well in a pan of water, and drain them well in a colander.
      • Rinse the rice well under cold running water, drain it, and place in an electric rice-cooker.
      • Reserving one ladle of the pasta water, drain the pasta well.
      • Leave them for a while to allow the dirt to sink to the bottom, then rinse them under cold running water and drain them in a colander.
      • Reserve ½ cup of the pasta cooking water, and then drain the pasta quickly in a colander.
      • Make sure to drain salsa of excess liquid or it will make your burrito soggy.
      • He also recommended that storm water should be drained to the rivers.
      • The ice cubes can then be drained into glasses for drinking water as they melt.
      • Elevator workers drained the fluid into empty soap containers and didn't change the labels.

    • 1.3Medicine

      (abscess/bladder) drenar

    • 1.4

      (river/channel) desaguar
      • The Axamilpa river drains this area and along its banks a sequence of Late Cenozoic sands, silts, and gravels are exposed.
      • These dolines are the equivalent of small valleys in a fluvial system, the waters from them uniting underground into the major stream draining the area.
      • Bounded on the north by the Ritter Range, the San Joaquin River drains a vast expanse of mountains south of Yosemite.
      • The milk had to be obtained from cows fed within an exact specified area, which included land drained by the rivers Swale, Yore, and Cover.
      • The river draining the proglacial lake carries a much lower amount of sediment than the iceberg and glacial meltwater plumes.
      • The central parts are drained by the rivers Test and Itchen, the western by the Avon, and the eastern by the Hamble and the Meon.
      • The lake has two small rivers, which drain wetland areas into the southern and northern parts of the lake.
      • In the north-east is agricultural land on chalk or limestone well drained by rivers.
      • The Daly is a large tidal river that drains a vast area of the Northern Territory westward into Anson Bay and the Timor Sea beyond.
      • Cascade Creek drains the urban and industrial western side of the city of Erie.
      • North of the mountain range is the Oti plateau, a savanna land drained by the river of the same name.
      • Brazil is probably best known as the land of the Amazon, the world's largest river in area drained and volume of water and second only to the Nile in length.
      • Today, the Severn and its tributaries drain these Vales through the Bristol Channel.
      • Two rivers drain from the central ridge of Johannesburg - the Klip River in the south, and the Jukskei River in the north.
      • As well as streams of south-west England and mainland Europe, the young salmon belong to rivers and glens that drain the western Highlands.
      • Next on his hit list is Tibet's Indus, the only one of the four major rivers draining 22,028-foot Mount Kailas that he has yet to attempt.
      • There is a proposed diversion of the river draining Lake Koroko in the Fiordland National Park, and diverting a discharge of Lake Wakatipu down into Southland.
      • Sheer granite peaks and deep cirques are drained by clear, cold streams.
      • The reason that the land was so waterlogged is because the weir systems keep the Thames level artificially high, thereby affecting all the land that should be drained down.
      • Its charter granted monopoly rights to trade in lands whose waters drained into Hudson Bay.
      • It bled more, the red droplets draining into the water below me.
      • The landscaping is expected to include drainage panels in it so surface water will drain away into the river.
      • Local surface water drains into a number of rivers, according to Mr. Wood, with a drainage network flowing into rivers such as the Boyne and the Barrow.
      • His engineer squadron is currently installing drainage so that wet season flood waters drain away, reducing the risk of mosquito borne disease.
      • After the flood this water drained back into said underground chambers.
      • Once it flows in, the water will not drain from New Orleans because of the very levees that protect the city and that largely held during the hurricane.
      • Properties in Beech Grange have suffered problems as a result of blocked sewage pipes, while others have had trouble with surface water not draining away.
      • Because of their position the water drains away and they have to be watered through the summer.
      • We came into work one morning, and found that the tank had sprung a leak during the night and all the water had drained out.
      • Of course, if a garbage disposal is not installed, the dishwasher water drains from the air gap into the drain, above the trap.
      • A flight of steps adjacent to the leisure building do not allow rain water to drain off the treads.
      • The curds are pushed into two banks, cut into slabs to allow more of the whey to drain off, flipped and stacked three times into ever taller piles.
      • Not very large, just enough to hold the water that drained from the local land.
      • Thus with the water drained from the land, the subsequent volcanic activity in the Mesozoic and Cainozoic would be sub-aerial.
      • As most of the land in these states drains eastwards, they were assigned to the eastern subregion in Table 1.
      • Here it was colder than Donner Summit, as the colder air from the Truckee River and Prosser Creek drained to the lowest point.
      • Everyone who lives in the watershed is just a few minutes from one of the more than 100,000 streams and rivers draining into the bay.
      • Perhaps a hundred yards into the trees a wide, shallow creek drained from some unknown point in the forest into the lake.
      • The two species of this family are found at high latitudes in the arctic seas and in most of the major rivers draining into them, south to the Saint Lawrence River.
      • The rivers ultimately drain into the Joseph Boneparte Gulf, a region that supports a large commercial prawn fishing industry.

  • 2

    (drink up)
    (glass/cup) vaciar
    (glass/cup) apurar
    (beer) apurar
    (beer) beberse
    • Pulling out the stopper, she poured the thick contents into a goblet and drank deep, almost draining the glass.
    • They stood nervously at attention while Miri drained the entire glass.
    • Lifting the glass again, he drained out the remaining contents, his eyes closing as he savored the last drops on the alcohol.
    • He handed me one and I took it thankfully, draining the entire bowl in a few long gulps.
    • Mike nodded, drained half the glass, and sat it on the bar.
    • Instead of answering him, WooJin took the cup and drained half its contents.
    • Once again back in his room he corked open the bottle before draining a long bitter drink.
    • She watched the new girl silently, seeing how much of the drink was being drained.
    • Finally the last of the deserts were finished, and the last glass of brandy drained.
    • He asked, taking a large bite out of a cookie and then draining down half the glass of milk.
    • Cal drained yet another glass of whiskey as he re-read the note.
    • Tobias drained off his last glass quickly and stood up.
    • I picked up my glass again and drained more of it in an effort to get rid of more of my headache.
    • Every drinker with functioning taste buds who has had the good fortune to sup a pint of this beer has one thought when placing drained glass upon soggy beer mat.
    • Turning a brilliant shade of scarlet, I quickly jerked free and hurriedly went back to the table, draining my glass of water.
    • Sam took a sip from his nearly drained water glass and sighed.
    • She yanked her fridge open and drained the jug of water… the juice was so salty, it actually stung.
    • I run to get new bottles of beer at Dad's command and struggle with my sister over the empties, because I like to drain them on my way to the fridge.
    • Nora patted the corner of her mouth slightly with a napkin as she watched him drain the glass of water without hesitation.
    • She sat back with her water and drained it in a few drinks.
  • 3

    (consume, exhaust)
    (resources/strength) agotar
    (resources/strength) consumir
    too much work has drained his energy el excesivo trabajo ha consumido sus energías / lo ha agotado
    • the war is draining the nation of its resources la guerra está sangrando al país
    • I was drained of all my energy and I needed to be in a place where I could rest and finish High School and get help/support with my baby.
    • Through the most unlikely chain of events Mr Bloop had beaten all the odds, however he was obviously drained of all his energy and unable even to float upright in his tank at this point.
    • I asked if it was getting annoying, being drained of energy when there's so much to do, but she said she didn't have the energy to get annoyed.
    • I've been totally drained of energy, and this morning, for instance, I found it nigh on impossible to get myself out of bed.
    • They have been drained of meaning by their lazy overuse, dangerously sharp and potent concepts reduced to kitsch cliché.
    • He also suffers from stomach pains and has been drained of energy.
    • Anyone who would be president of Egypt will have to work until he is drained of energy.
    • His is the bitterness of a man who once knew trust and goodwill, who has been drained of it all in an instant.
    • He haunted her mind and terrorized her dreams, weakening her and draining her of her strength.
    • Joshua was drained of power, having used all to take down that beast; Joshua had nothing left to save himself with.
    • She looked like she was being drained of power, of will, of purpose.
    • It seemed that as soon as I stepped foot inside I was drained of energy.
    • All the fight had gone out of him and he was drained of all energy.
    • He debated with himself until he had been drained of his burst of courage.
    • I was acting tired and weak, as Edward had to think I was still being drained of my power.
    • A number of calls went inexplicably against Joe and it was clear that they drained his confidence as the game wore on.
    • Some people live in clutter, thrive on noise, and allow themselves to be drained by demanding friends and acquaintances.
    • After all the hullabaloo of the holidays and trying to get everything ready in time I'm left feeling drained with a profound sense of anti-climax.
    • I left feeling utterly drained and very moved; it's rare for performance art to affect me so viscerally.
    • In some ways it's been draining, or at least the changes have left me feeling drained.
    • If we lose the vigor and intensity of our youth, or from overwork, we become drained, exhausted, burned out, longing for the vigor of old.
    • They chose not to turn to a parallel private system, on the grounds that it would drain valuable resources away from the public system.
    • The cost of building a new hospital and local care centres could drain the NHS of resources for patient care in the future, says the MP.
    • All the while, his huge spiritual resources are being drained.
    • In this way the agriculture is being constantly drained and the resources go to the hands of the traders.
    • Resources are being drained and costs are soaring (from line charges as well as hardware costs).
    • They fear already stretched NHS resources will be further drained as the number of sick elderly people continues to grow.
    • One of the implications is that activity in the private sector could be draining resources from the public hospitals for no known benefit.
    • This way of meeting health needs does not create a bottomless pit into which we are forced to drain all available social resources.
    • Therefore, it is not in the national interest to allow people to gather in these threatened cities and drain the few precious resources we have left.
    • Because people are getting wealthier, they are retiring earlier and this is draining an already shallow pool of available human resources.
    • Missed doctors and hospital appointments in York, Selby and Easingwold are draining the NHS of £1.4 million a year.
    • Foundation hospitals offering bonuses and higher pay could drain the NHS of desperately needed workers, making dire staffing shortages worse.
    • Our fast-growing population is draining the water supply in many parts of the country.
    • These empty calories will only increase your risk of obesity and drain your body of much-needed nutrients.
    • The lack of rain and the increase in water usage is literally draining water supplies from the region's reservoirs.
    • A long climb inexorably drains your body of glycogen and liquid.
    • His entire being had been drained by the immense blast he'd unleashed on the assaulting legions, but Rakael's desperate cry for help had catapulted him out of his repose.
    • He had been drained of a huge amount of authority.
    • And because our treasury is being drained of hundreds of billions of dollars desperately needed at home.
    • But NHS officials insist that developing countries are not being drained of nurses.
    • Maxing the screen brightness and running Windows Media Player continuously drains the battery in almost three hours.

intransitive verb

  • 1

    (dishes/cutlery/food) escurrir(se)
    leave the dishes to drain deja que los platos (se) escurran
    • Each tube was inverted and drained on clean, absorbent paper, then allowed to air dry for 10 to 15 minutes.
    • Remove from oil with tongs and allow to drain on a paper towel.
    • Remove from oil with a slotted metal spoon and allow to drain on a paper towel.
    • The slides were removed from the Coplin jars and carefully drained of any remaining liquid.
    • You don't need to wrap the tofu in layers of paper towels or tilt the plate to let it drain into the sink; the liquid that is pressed out won't go back in.
    • But the program, which included such dishes as drained tuna on dry toast, was the worst.
    • He says the ditch in Holland Road which runs beside his land is not draining because it is used as a dumping ground for rubbish.
    • What we need is integrated catchment planning that deals with the management of the whole river, its associated aquifers and wetlands, and the land that drains into it.
  • 2

    the blood / color drained from her face se quedó lívida
    • all the strength seemed to drain from my limbs los brazos y las piernas se me quedaron como sin fuerzas
  • 3

    (pipes/river) desaguar