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Meaning of draw by Wiktionary Dictionary

draw


    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /dɹɔː/
    Rhymes: -ɔː
    • ( US ) IPA: /dɹɔ/
    • ( cot–caught merger ) IPA: /dɹɑ/

    Etymology

    Middle English drawen, dragen, from Old English draġan, from Proto-Germanic *draganan ( cf. West Frisian drage, Dutch dragen, German tragen ‘to carry’ ), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreĝ- 'to draw, pull' ( compare Albanian dredh ‘to turn, spin’, Old Armenian դառնամ ( daṙnam, “to turn” ), Sanskrit dhrajas ‘load’ ) .

    Verb

    draw ( third-person singular simple present draws present participle drawing, simple past drew, past participle drawn )

    1. To sketch; depict with lines; to produce a picture with pencil, crayon, chalk, etc. on paper, cardboard, etc .
    2. To drag, pull.
    3. To pull out ( as a gun from a holster, or a tooth ) .
    4. To extract a liquid, or cause a liquid to come out, primarily water or blood, as in get water from a well, to run water for a bath, take a blood sample, or cause to bleed ( the wound drew blood ) .
    5. To attract .
      The citizens were afraid the casino would draw an undesirable element to their town .
      I was drawn to her .
    6. To deduce or infer .
      He tried to draw a conclusion from the facts .
    7. ( usually as draw on or draw upon ): to rely on; utilize as a source .
      She had to draw upon her experience to solve the problem
    8. To disembowel .
      He will be hanged, drawn and quartered .
    9. ( archery ) To pull back the arrow in preparation for shooting .
    10. ( of curtains, etc. ) To close .
      You should draw the curtains at night .
    11. ( intransitive ) ( of drinks, especially tea ) To leave temporarily so as to allow the flavour to increase .
      Tea is much nicer if you let it draw for three minutes before pouring .
    12. ( intransitive ) To end a game in a draw ( with neither side winning ) .
      Both these teams will draw if nobody scores soon .
    13. To consume, for example, power .
      The circuit draws three hundred watts .
    14. To determine the result of a lottery .
      The winning lottery numbers were drawn every Tuesday .
    15. ( card games ) To take the top card of a deck into hand .
      At the start of their turn, each player must draw a card .
    16. ( poker ) To trade in cards for replacements in draw poker games; to attempt to improve one's hand with future cards. See also draw out .
      Jill has four diamonds; she'll try to draw for a flush .
    17. inhale
    18. to cause

    Noun

    draw ( plural: draws )

    1. The result of a contest in which neither side has won; a tie .
      The game ended in a draw .
    2. The procedure by which the result of a lottery is determined .
      The draw is on Saturday .
    3. ( cricket ) The result of a two-innings match in which at least one side did not complete all their innings before time ran out. Different from a tie .
    4. ( golf ) A golf shot that ( for the right-handed player ) curves intentionally to the left. See hook, slice, fade
    5. ( curling ) A shot that lands in play without hitting another stone out, as opposed to a takeout shot .
    6. ( geography ) A dry stream bed that drains surface water only during periods of heavy rain or flooding.
    7. ( colloquial ) Cannabis .
    8. In a commission-based job, an advance on future ( potential ) commissions given to an employee by the employer .
    9. ( poker ) A situation in which one or more players has four cards of the same suit or four out of five necessary cards for a straight and requires a further card to make their flush or straight.
    10. The schedule of games in a sports league - NRL Fixtures - 2011 NRL Draw
    11. ( archery ) The act of pulling back the strings in preparation of firing .

    Derived terms

    Anagrams

    • ward, Ward


Explanation of draw by Wordnet Dictionary

draw


    Verb
    1. cause to localize at one point

    2. Draw blood and pus
    3. flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching

    4. draw steel
    5. remove the entrails of

    6. draw a chicken
    7. steep

    8. draw pulp from the fruit
    9. reduce the diameter of ( a wire or metal rod ) by pulling it through a die

    10. draw wire
    11. contract

    12. The material drew after it was washed in hot water
    13. bring or lead someone to a certain action or condition

    14. She was drawn to despair
      The President refused to be drawn into delivering an ultimatum
      The session was drawn to a close
    15. select or take in from a given group or region

    16. The participants in the experiment were drawn from a representative population
    17. make, formulate, or derive in the mind

    18. I draw a line here
      draw a conclusion
      draw parallels
    19. give a description of

    20. He drew an elaborate plan of attack
    21. choose at random

    22. draw a card
    23. finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc .

    24. The teams drew a tie
    25. suck in or take ( air )

    26. draw a deep breath
      draw on a cigarette
    27. pass over, across, or through

    28. He drew her hair through his fingers
    29. move or pull so as to cover or uncover something

    30. draw the shades
      draw the curtains
    31. stretch back a bowstring ( on an archer's bow )

    32. The archers were drawing their bows
    33. thread on or as if on a string

    34. the child drew glass beads on a string
    35. cause to move by pulling

    36. draw a wagon
    37. direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes

    38. The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers
    39. take in, also metaphorically

    40. She drew strength from the minister's words
    41. make a mark or lines on a surface

    42. draw a line
    43. earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher

    44. He drew a base on balls
    45. engage in drawing

    46. He spent the day drawing in the garden
    47. represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface

    48. She drew an elephant
      Draw me a horse
    49. write a legal document or paper

    50. The deed was drawn in the lawyer's office
    51. elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc .

    52. The President's comments drew sharp criticism from the Republicans
      The comedian drew a lot of laughter
    53. take liquid out of a container or well

    54. She drew water from the barrel


    Definition of draw by GCIDE Dictionary

    draw


    1. draw ( dra ), v. t. [imp. Drew ( dru ); p. p. Drawn ( dran ); p. pr. & vb. n. Drawing.] [OE. draȝen, drahen, draien, drawen, 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. √73. Cf. 2d Drag, Dray a cart, 1st Dredge.]
      1. 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. Spenser.

      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. Atterbury.

      2. 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.

      The poet

      Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and floods. Shak.

      All eyes you draw, and with the eyes the heart. Dryden.

      3. To cause to come out for one's use or benefit; to extract; to educe; to bring forth; as: 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. Wiseman.

      To pull from a sheath, as a sword.

      I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them. Ex. xv. 9.

      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. Cheyne.

      Until you had drawn oaths from him. Shak.

      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. Burke.

      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. 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. To select by the drawing of lots.

      Provided magistracies were filled by men freely chosen or drawn. Freeman.

      4. To remove the contents of; as: To drain by emptying; to suck dry.

      Sucking and drawing the breast dischargeth the milk as fast as it can generated. Wiseman.

      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. King.

      5. 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.” Milton.

      Drew, or seemed to draw, a dying groan. Dryden.

      6. 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! Shak.

      And the huge Offa's dike which he drew from the mouth of Wye to that of Dee. J. R. Green.

      7. 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.

      8. 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. Goldsmith.

      Can I, untouched, the fair one's passions move,

      Or thou draw beauty and not feel its power? Prior.

      9. 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. Shak.

      10. 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”.

      11. To withdraw. [Obs.] Chaucer.

      Go wash thy face, and draw the action. Shak.

      12. To trace by scent; to track; -- a hunting term.

      13. ( Games ) ( Cricket ) To play ( a short-length ball directed at the leg stump ) with an inclined bat so as to deflect the ball between the legs and the wicket. ( Golf ) To hit ( the ball ) with the toe of the club so that it is deflected toward the left. ( Billiards ) To strike ( the cue ball ) below the center so as to give it a backward rotation which causes it to take a backward direction on striking another ball. ( Curling ) To throw up ( the stone ) gently.

      [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
      draw ( dra ), v. t. [imp. Drew ( dru ); p. p. Drawn ( dran ); p. pr. & vb. n. Drawing.] [OE. draȝen, drahen, draien, drawen, 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. √73. Cf. 2d Drag, Dray a cart, 1st Dredge.]
      1. 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. Spenser.

      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. Atterbury.

      2. 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.

      The poet

      Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and floods. Shak.

      All eyes you draw, and with the eyes the heart. Dryden.

      3. To cause to come out for one's use or benefit; to extract; to educe; to bring forth; as: 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. Wiseman.

      To pull from a sheath, as a sword.

      I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them. Ex. xv. 9.

      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. Cheyne.

      Until you had drawn oaths from him. Shak.

      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. Burke.

      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. 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. To select by the draw
    2. Draw v. i.
      1. 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.

      2. 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.

      3. 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. Addison.

      4. ( Med. ) To have efficiency as an epispastic; to act as a sinapism; -- said of a blister, poultice, etc.

      5. To have draught, as a chimney, flue, or the like; to furnish transmission to smoke, gases, etc.

      6. To unsheathe a weapon, especially a sword.

      So soon as ever thou seest him, draw; and as thou drawest, swear horrible. Shak.

      7. To perform the act, or practice the art, of delineation; to sketch; to form figures or pictures. “Skill in drawing.” Locke.

      8. To become contracted; to shrink. “To draw into less room.” Bacon.

      9. 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, draw nigh, or draw towards, to approach; to draw together, to come together, to collect.

      10. 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. Jay.

      11. To admit the action of pulling or dragging; to undergo draught; as, “a carriage draws easily”.

      12. To sink in water; to require a depth for floating. “Greater hulks draw deep.” Shak.

      To draw to a head. ( Med. ) To begin to suppurate; to ripen, as a boil. Fig.: To ripen, to approach the time for action; as, “the plot draws to a head”.

    3. Draw, n.
      1. The act of drawing; draught.

      2. A lot or chance to be drawn.

      3. the act of drawing a lot or chance. “The luck of the draw.”

      3. A drawn game or battle, etc; a tied game; a tie. [Colloq.]

      [1913 Webster +PJC]

      4. 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.]

      5. The result of drawing, or state of being drawn; specif.: A drawn battle, game, or the like. The spin or twist imparted to a ball, or the like, by a drawing stroke.

      6. That which is drawn or is subject to drawing.