air drain

air drain

[′er ‚drān]
(civil engineering)
An empty space left around the external foundation wall of a building to prevent the earth from lying against it and causing dampness.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

air drain

An empty space left around the external foundation wall of a building to prevent the earth from lying against it and causing dampness.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The fans, dubbed Selective Inverted Sink (SIS), were developed by Uruguayan hydro-mechanical engineer Rafael Guarga and are sold here as the Shur Farms Cold Air Drain. One unit will protect up to 10 acres, depending on the terrain and conditions.
Compressed air drain cleaners are a power version of the force cup and are generally useful only on sinks.
Their movement through the soil also helps water and air drain through the gaps they leave behind.
Cheap hollow-tined aerators cost from around pounds 15 while the best, such as the Sisis Air Drain Fork - as used by most professionals - costs around pounds 50.
During the operation, it is important for the surgeon to differentiate between a subcutaneous tissue infection with emphysema caused by free air drained in the subcutaneous tissue and necrotizing fasciitis and gas gangrene, as the latter two carry much higher rates of mortality and morbidity.
Experts said Katesbridge endures colder nights than many other parts of Northern Ireland due to being in a sheltered spot and shallow valley into which cold air drains down and collects.
Minimal blood or air drained, but both tubes appeared to be oscillating with respiration and bubbling.
Tree-free hollows in woodland areas are often referred to as frost hollows since cold air drains into these hollows and kills tree and shrub seedlings.
Air drains toward the lake in the evenings and moves out toward the surrounding vineyards and pear and walnut orchards during the day.