noun a gully that is shallower than a ravine
noun an entertainer who attracts large audiences
attraction; drawing card; attracter; attractor.
- he was the biggest drawing card they had
noun the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided
- the game ended in a draw
- their record was 3 wins, 6 losses and a tie
noun anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random
- the luck of the draw
- they drew lots for it
noun a playing card or cards dealt or taken from the pack
- he got a pair of kings in the draw
noun a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer
- he took lessons to cure his hooking
noun (American football) the quarterback moves back as if to pass and then hands the ball to the fullback who is running toward the line of scrimmage
noun poker in which a player can discard cards and receive substitutes from the dealer
- he played only draw and stud
noun the act of drawing or hauling something
- the haul up the hill went very slowly
verb cause to move by pulling
verb get or derive
- He drew great benefits from his membership in the association
verb make a mark or lines on a surface
delineate; describe; line; trace.
- draw a line
- trace the outline of a figure in the sand
verb make, formulate, or derive in the mind
- I draw a line here
- draw a conclusion
- draw parallels
- make an estimate
- What do you make of his remarks?
verb bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover
take out; pull; pull out; get out.
- draw a weapon
- pull out a gun
- The mugger pulled a knife on his victim
verb represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface
- She drew an elephant
- Draw me a horse
verb take liquid out of a container or well
- She drew water from the barrel
verb give a description of
- He drew an elaborate plan of attack
verb select or take in from a given group or region
- The participants in the experiment were drawn from a representative population
verb elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc.
- The President's comments drew sharp criticism from the Republicans
- The comedian drew a lot of laughter
verb suck in or take (air)
- draw a deep breath
- draw on a cigarette
verb move or go steadily or gradually
- The ship drew near the shore
verb remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)
take out; draw off; withdraw.
- She drew $2,000 from the account
- The doctors drew medical supplies from the hospital's emergency bank
verb choose at random
verb earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher
verb bring or lead someone to a certain action or condition
- She was drawn to despair
- The President refused to be drawn into delivering an ultimatum
- The session was drawn to a close
verb cause to flow
verb write a legal document or paper
- The deed was drawn in the lawyer's office
verb engage in drawing
- He spent the day drawing in the garden
verb move or pull so as to cover or uncover something
- draw the shades
- draw the curtains
verb allow a draft
- This chimney draws very well
verb require a specified depth for floating
- This boat draws 70 inches
verb pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him
quarter; draw and quarter.
- in the old days, people were drawn and quartered for certain crimes
verb cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense
- A declining dollar pulled down the export figures for the last quarter
verb take in, also metaphorically
take up; imbibe; absorb; soak up; take in; suck up; suck; sop up.
- The sponge absorbs water well
- She drew strength from the minister's words
verb direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
pull; pull in; draw in; attract.
- Her good looks attract the stares of many men
- The ad pulled in many potential customers
- This pianist pulls huge crowds
- The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers
verb thread on or as if on a string
- string pearls on a string
- the child drew glass beads on a string
- thread dried cranberries
verb stretch back a bowstring (on an archer's bow)
- The archers were drawing their bows
verb pass over, across, or through
run; guide; pass.
- He ran his eyes over her body
- She ran her fingers along the carved figurine
- He drew her hair through his fingers
verb finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.
- The material drew after it was washed in hot water
verb reduce the diameter of (a wire or metal rod) by pulling it through a die
verb steep; pass through a strainer
verb remove the entrails of
verb flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching
verb cause to localize at one point
Draw transitive verb
, AS. dragan
; akin to Icel. & Sw. draga
, Dan. drage
to draw, carry, and prob. to OS. dragan
to bear, carry, D. dragen
, G. tragen
, Goth. dragan
; cf. Skr. dhraj
to move along, glide; and perh. akin to Skr. dhar
to hold, bear. . Cf. 2d Drag
a cart, 1st Dredge
imperfect Drew ; past participle Drawn ; present participle & verbal noun Drawing
- To cause to move continuously by force applied in advance of the thing moved; to pull along; to haul; to drag; to cause to follow.
He cast him down to ground, and all along
Drew him through dirt and mire without remorse.
He hastened to draw the stranger into a private room.
Sir W. Scott.
Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
James ii. 6.
The arrow is now drawn to the head.
- To influence to move or tend toward one's self; to exercise an attracting force upon; to call towards itself; to attract; hence, to entice; to allure; to induce.
Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and floods.
All eyes you draw, and with the eyes the heart.
- To cause to come out for one's use or benefit; to extract; to educe; to bring forth; as: (a) To bring or take out, or to let out, from some receptacle, as a stick or post from a hole, water from a cask or well, etc.
The drew out the staves of the ark.
2 Chron. v. 9.
Draw thee waters for the siege.
Nahum iii. 14.
I opened the tumor by the point of a lancet without drawing one drop of blood.
(b) To pull from a sheath, as a sword.
I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.
Ex. xv. 9.
(c) To extract; to force out; to elicit; to derive.
Spirits, by distillations, may be drawn out of vegetable juices, which shall flame and fume of themselves.
Until you had drawn oaths from him.
(d) To obtain from some cause or origin; to infer from evidence or reasons; to deduce from premises; to derive.
We do not draw the moral lessons we might from history.
(e) To take or procure from a place of deposit; to call for and receive from a fund, or the like; as, to draw money from a bank. (f) To take from a box or wheel, as a lottery ticket; to receive from a lottery by the drawing out of the numbers for prizes or blanks; hence, to obtain by good fortune; to win; to gain; as, he drew a prize. (g) To select by the drawing of lots.
Provided magistracies were filled by men freely chosen or drawn.
- To remove the contents of; as: (a) To drain by emptying; to suck dry.
Sucking and drawing the breast dischargeth the milk as fast as it can generated.
(b) To extract the bowels of; to eviscerate; as, to draw a fowl; to hang, draw, and quarter a criminal.
In private draw your poultry, clean your tripe.
- To take into the lungs; to inhale; to inspire; hence, also, to utter or produce by an inhalation; to heave. "Where I first drew air."
Drew, or seemed to draw, a dying groan.
- To extend in length; to lengthen; to protract; to stretch; to extend, as a mass of metal into wire.
How long her face is drawn!
And the huge Offa's dike which he drew from the mouth of Wye to that of Dee.
J. R. Green.
- To run, extend, or produce, as a line on any surface; hence, also, to form by marking; to make by an instrument of delineation; to produce, as a sketch, figure, or picture.
- To represent by lines drawn; to form a sketch or a picture of; to represent by a picture; to delineate; hence, to represent by words; to depict; to describe.
A flattering painter who made it his care
To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are.
Can I, untouched, the fair one's passions move,
Or thou draw beauty and not feel its power?
- To write in due form; to prepare a draught of; as, to draw a memorial, a deed, or bill of exchange.
Clerk, draw a deed of gift.
- To require (so great a depth, as of water) for floating; -- said of a vessel; to sink so deep in (water); as, a ship draws ten feet of water.
- To withdraw. Obs.
Go wash thy face, and draw the action.
- To trace by scent; to track; -- a hunting term.
✍ Draw, in most of its uses, retains some shade of its original sense, to pull, to move forward by the application of force in advance, or to extend in length, and usually expresses an action as gradual or continuous, and leisurely. We pour liquid quickly, but we draw it in a continued stream. We force compliance by threats, but we draw it by gradual prevalence. We may write a letter with haste, but we draw a bill with slow caution and regard to a precise form. We draw a bar of metal by continued beating.
Syn. -- To Draw, Drag. Draw differs from drag in this, that drag implies a natural inaptitude for drawing, or positive resistance; it is applied to things pulled or hauled along the ground, or moved with toil or difficulty. Draw is applied to all bodies moved by force in advance, whatever may be the degree of force; it commonly implies that some kind of aptitude or provision exists for drawing. Draw is the more general or generic term, and drag the more specific. We say, the horses draw a coach or wagon, but they drag it through mire; yet draw is properly used in both cases.
Draw intransitive verb
- To pull; to exert strength in drawing anything; to have force to move anything by pulling; as, a horse draws well; the sails of a ship draw well.
✍ A sail is said to draw when it is filled with wind.
- To draw a liquid from some receptacle, as water from a well.
The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep.
John iv. 11.
- To exert an attractive force; to act as an inducement or enticement.
Keep a watch upon the particular bias of their minds, that it may not draw too much.
- (Med.) To have efficiency as an epispastic; to act as a sinapism; -- said of a blister, poultice, etc.
- To have draught, as a chimney, flue, or the like; to furnish transmission to smoke, gases, etc.
- To unsheathe a weapon, especially a sword.
So soon as ever thou seest him, draw; and as thou drawest, swear horrible.
- To perform the act, or practice the art, of delineation; to sketch; to form figures or pictures. "Skill in drawing."
- To become contracted; to shrink. "To draw into less room."
- To move; to come or go; literally, to draw one's self; -- with prepositions and adverbs; as, to draw away, to move off, esp. in racing, to get in front; to obtain the lead or increase it; to draw back, to retreat; to draw level, to move up even (with another); to come up to or overtake another; to draw off, to retire or retreat; to draw on, to advance; to draw up, to form in array; to draw near, nigh, or towards, to approach; to draw together, to come together, to collect.
- To make a draft or written demand for payment of money deposited or due; -- usually with on or upon.
You may draw on me for the expenses of your journey.
- To admit the action of pulling or dragging; to undergo draught; as, a carriage draws easily.
- To sink in water; to require a depth for floating. "Greater hulks draw deep."
- The act of drawing; draught.
- A lot or chance to be drawn.
- A drawn game or battle, etc. Colloq.
- That part of a bridge which may be raised, swung round, or drawn aside; the movable part of a drawbridge. See the Note under Drawbridge. U.S.
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