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Meaning of pull by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English pullen, from Old English pullian ( “to pull, draw, tug, pluck off” ). Related to Middle Dutch pullen ( “to drink” ), Low German pulen ( “to pick, pluck, pull, tear, strip off husks” ), Icelandic púla ( “to work hard, beat” ) .


    • enPR: po͝ol, IPA: /pʊl/, X-SAMPA: /pUl/
    • Rhymes: -ʊl


    pull ( third-person singular simple present pulls present participle pulling, simple past and past participle pulled )

    1. ( transitive ) to apply a force to ( an object ) so that it comes toward the person or thing applying the force
    2. ( ambitransitive, slang ) to persuade ( someone ) to have sex with one
      I pulled at the club last night .
      He's pulled that bird over there .
    3. ( transitive ) to remove ( something ), especially from public circulation or availability
      Each day, they pulled the old bread and set out fresh loaves .
    4. ( transitive, informal ) to do or perform
      He regularly pulls 12-hour days, sometimes 14 .
      You'll be sent home if you pull another stunt like that .
    5. ( transitive ) to retrieve or generate for use
      I'll have to pull a part number for that .
    6. ( intransitive ) to apply a force such that an object comes toward the person or thing applying the force
      You're going to have to pull harder to get that cork out of the bottle .
    7. to toss a frisbee with the intention of launching the disc across the length of a field
    8. ( intransitive ) to row
    9. ( transitive ) To strain ( a muscle, tendon, ligament, etc. ) .
    10. ( video games, ambitransitive ) To draw ( a hostile non-player character ) into combat, or toward or away from some location or target.




    pull ( plural: pulls )

    1. An act of pulling ( applying force )
      He gave the hair a sharp pull and it came out .
    2. An attractive force which causes motion towards the source
      The spaceship came under the pull of the gas giant .
      iron fillings drawn by the pull of a magnet
      She took a pull on her cigarette .
    3. Any device meant to be pulled, as a lever, knob, handle, or rope
      a zipper pull
    4. ( slang ) influence, especially as a means of gaining advantage
    5. Appeal or attraction or ( as of a movie star )
    6. ( Internet ) ( uncountable ) The situation where a client sends out a request for data from a server, as in server pull, pull technology
    7. A journey made by rowing



    Derived terms

Explanation of pull by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. strain abnormally

    2. I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up
      The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition
    3. take away

    4. pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf
    5. take sides with

    6. I'm pulling for the underdog
    7. remove, usually with some force or effort

    8. pull weeds
    9. strip of feathers

    10. pull a chicken
    11. hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing

    12. pull the ball
    13. cause to move by pulling

    14. pull a sled
    15. direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes

    16. The ad pulled in many potential customers
      This pianist pulls huge crowds
    17. tear or be torn violently

    18. pull the cooked chicken into strips
    19. apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion

    20. Pull the rope
      Pull the handle towards you
      pull the string gently
      pull the trigger of the gun
      pull your knees towards your chin
    21. rein in to keep from winning a race

    22. pull a horse
    23. operate when rowing a boat

    24. pull the oars
    25. bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover

    26. pull out a gun
      The mugger pulled a knife on his victim
    27. steer into a certain direction

    28. pull one's horse to a stand
      Pull the car over
    29. move into a certain direction

    30. the car pulls to the right
    31. cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense

    32. A declining dollar pulled down the export figures for the last quarter
    33. perform an act, usually with a negative connotation

    34. pull a bank robbery
    1. the act of pulling

    2. the pull up the hill had him breathing harder
      his strenuous pulling strained his back
    3. a sustained effort

    4. it was a long pull but we made it
    5. a slow inhalation ( as of tobacco smoke )

    6. a device used for pulling something

    7. he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer
    8. special advantage or influence

    9. the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull
    10. the force used in pulling

    11. the pull of the moon
      the pull of the current
    12. a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments

    13. he was sidelined with a hamstring pull

    Definition of pull by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Pull v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pulled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pulling.] [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]
      1. To draw, or attempt to draw, toward one; to draw forcibly.

      Ne'er pull your hat upon your brows. Shak.

      He put forth his hand . . . and pulled her in. Gen. viii. 9.

      2. To draw apart; to tear; to rend.

      He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces; he hath made me desolate. Lam. iii. 11.

      3. To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward one; to pluck; as, “to pull fruit; to pull flax; to pull a finch.”

      4. To move or operate by the motion of drawing towards one; as, “to pull a bell; to pull an oar.”

      5. ( Horse Racing ) To hold back, and so prevent from winning; as, “the favorite was pulled”.

      6. ( Print. ) To take or make, as a proof or impression; -- hand presses being worked by pulling a lever.

      7. ( Cricket ) To strike the ball in a particular manner. See Pull, n., 8.

      Never pull a straight fast ball to leg. R. H. Lyttelton.

      To pull and haul, to draw hither and thither. “ Both are equally pulled and hauled to do that which they are unable to do. ” South. -- To pull down, to demolish; to destroy; to degrade; as, “to pull down a house”. “ In political affairs, as well as mechanical, it is easier to pull down than build up.” Howell. “ To raise the wretched, and pull down the proud.” Roscommon. -- To pull a finch. See under Finch. -- To pull off, take or draw off.

    2. Pull v. i. To exert one's self in an act or motion of drawing or hauling; to tug; as, “to pull at a rope”.

      To pull apart, to become separated by pulling; as, “a rope will pull apart”. -- To pull up, to draw the reins; to stop; to halt. -- To pull through, to come successfully to the end of a difficult undertaking, a dangerous sickness, or the like.

    3. Pull, n.
      1. The act of pulling or drawing with force; an effort to move something by drawing toward one.

      I awakened with a violent pull upon the ring which was fastened at the top of my box. Swift.

      2. A contest; a struggle; as, “a wrestling pull”. Carew.

      3. A pluck; loss or violence suffered. [Poetic]

      Two pulls at once;

      His lady banished, and a limb lopped off. Shak.

      4. A knob, handle, or lever, etc., by which anything is pulled; as, “a drawer pull; a bell pull.”

      5. The act of rowing; as, “a pull on the river”. [Colloq.]

      6. The act of drinking; as, “to take a pull at the beer, or the mug”. [Slang] Dickens.

      7. Something in one's favor in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing; as, “in weights the favorite had the pull”. [Slang]

      8. ( Cricket ) A kind of stroke by which a leg ball is sent to the off side, or an off ball to the side.

      The pull is not a legitimate stroke, but bad cricket. R. A. Proctor.