- enPR: po͝ol, IPA: /pʊl/, X-SAMPA: /pUl/
- Rhymes: -ʊl
- ( transitive ) to apply a force to ( an object ) so that it comes toward the person or thing applying the force
- ( ambitransitive, slang ) to persuade ( someone ) to have sex with one
- ( transitive ) to remove ( something ), especially from public circulation or availability
- ( transitive, informal ) to do or perform
- ( transitive ) to retrieve or generate for use
- ( intransitive ) to apply a force such that an object comes toward the person or thing applying the force
- to toss a frisbee with the intention of launching the disc across the length of a field
- ( intransitive ) to row
- ( transitive ) To strain ( a muscle, tendon, ligament, etc. ) .
- ( video games, ambitransitive ) To draw ( a hostile non-player character ) into combat, or toward or away from some location or target.
- 2003 April 9, "Richard Lawson" ( username ), "Monual's Willful Ignorance", in alt.games.everquest, Usenet:
- 2004 October 18, "Stush" ( username ), "Re: focus pull", in alt.games.dark-age-of-camelot, Usenet:
- 2005 August 2, "Brian" ( username ), "Re: How to tank Stratholme undead pulls?", in alt.games.warcraft, Usenet:
- 2007 April 10, "John Salerno" ( username ), "Re: Managing the Command Buttons", in alt.games.warcraft, Usenet:
- 2008 August 18, "Mark ( newsgroups )" ( username ), "Re: I'm a priest now!", in alt.games.warcraft, Usenet:
- ( apply force to ( something ) so it comes toward ): drag, tow, tug, yank
- ( slang: to persuade to have sex with one ): score
- ( to remove from circulation ): recall, withdraw, yank
- ( to do, to perform ): carry out, complete, do, execute, perform
- ( to retrieve or generate for use ): generate, get, get hold of, get one's hands on, lay one's hands on, obtain, retrieve
- ( to succeed in finding a person with whom to have sex. ): score
- pull a.. .
- pull about
- pull a face
- pull a fast one
- pull ahead
- pull away
- pull back
- pull down
- pull for
- pull in
- pull in one's horns
- pull off
- pull oneself together
- pull one's weight
- pull out
- pull out all the stops
- pull out of the fire
- pull over
- An act of pulling ( applying force )
- An attractive force which causes motion towards the source
- Any device meant to be pulled, as a lever, knob, handle, or rope
- ( slang ) influence, especially as a means of gaining advantage
- Appeal or attraction or ( as of a movie star )
- ( Internet ) ( uncountable ) The situation where a client sends out a request for data from a server, as in server pull, pull technology
- A journey made by rowing
- 1874, Marcus Clarke, For the Term of His Natural Life Chapter V
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” ) .
Explanation of pull by Wordnet Dictionary
- pull weeds
strip of feathers
- pull a chicken
- pull the ball
- pull a sled
- Pull the rope
- Pull the handle towards you
- pull the string gently
- pull the trigger of the gun
- pull your knees towards your chin
- pull a horse
- pull the oars
- pull a bank robbery
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Definition of pull by GCIDE Dictionary