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English Dictionary: draw by the DICT Development Group
6 results for draw
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a gully that is shallower than a ravine
  2. an entertainer who attracts large audiences; "he was the biggest drawing card they had"
    Synonym(s): drawing card, draw, attraction, attractor, attracter
  3. 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"
    Synonym(s): draw, standoff, tie
  4. anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random; "the luck of the draw"; "they drew lots for it"
    Synonym(s): draw, lot
  5. a playing card or cards dealt or taken from the pack; "he got a pair of kings in the draw"
  6. a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer; "he took lessons to cure his hooking"
    Synonym(s): hook, draw, hooking
  7. (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
    Synonym(s): draw, draw play
  8. poker in which a player can discard cards and receive substitutes from the dealer; "he played only draw and stud"
    Synonym(s): draw, draw poker
  9. the act of drawing or hauling something; "the haul up the hill went very slowly"
    Synonym(s): draw, haul, haulage
  1. cause to move by pulling; "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"
    Synonym(s): pull, draw, force
    Antonym(s): force, push
  2. get or derive; "He drew great benefits from his membership in the association"
    Synonym(s): reap, draw
  3. make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
    Synonym(s): trace, draw, line, describe, delineate
  4. 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?"
    Synonym(s): draw, make
  5. bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover; "draw a weapon"; "pull out a gun"; "The mugger pulled a knife on his victim"
    Synonym(s): draw, pull, pull out, get out, take out
  6. represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface; "She drew an elephant"; "Draw me a horse"
  7. take liquid out of a container or well; "She drew water from the barrel"
    Synonym(s): draw, take out
  8. give a description of; "He drew an elaborate plan of attack"
    Synonym(s): describe, depict, draw
  9. select or take in from a given group or region; "The participants in the experiment were drawn from a representative population"
  10. 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"
  11. suck in or take (air); "draw a deep breath"; "draw on a cigarette"
    Synonym(s): puff, drag, draw
  12. move or go steadily or gradually; "The ship drew near the shore"
  13. remove (a commodity) from (a supply source); "She drew $2,000 from the account"; "The doctors drew medical supplies from the hospital's emergency bank"
    Synonym(s): withdraw, draw, take out, draw off
    Antonym(s): bank, deposit
  14. choose at random; "draw a card"; "cast lots"
    Synonym(s): draw, cast
  15. earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher; "He drew a base on balls"
    Synonym(s): draw, get
  16. 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"
  17. cause to flow; "The nurse drew blood"
  18. write a legal document or paper; "The deed was drawn in the lawyer's office"
  19. engage in drawing; "He spent the day drawing in the garden"
  20. move or pull so as to cover or uncover something; "draw the shades"; "draw the curtains"
  21. allow a draft; "This chimney draws very well"
  22. require a specified depth for floating; "This boat draws 70 inches"
  23. pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him; "in the old days, people were drawn and quartered for certain crimes"
    Synonym(s): draw, quarter, draw and quarter
  24. 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"
    Synonym(s): pull, draw
  25. take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"
    Synonym(s): absorb, suck, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, draw, take in, take up
  26. direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes; "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"
    Synonym(s): attract, pull, pull in, draw, draw in
    Antonym(s): beat back, drive, force back, push back, repel, repulse
  27. thread on or as if on a string; "string pearls on a string"; "the child drew glass beads on a string"; "thread dried cranberries"
    Synonym(s): string, thread, draw
  28. stretch back a bowstring (on an archer's bow); "The archers were drawing their bows"
    Synonym(s): pull back, draw
  29. pass over, across, or through; "He ran his eyes over her body"; "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"; "He drew her hair through his fingers"
    Synonym(s): guide, run, draw, pass
  30. finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.; "The teams drew a tie"
    Synonym(s): tie, draw
  31. contract; "The material drew after it was washed in hot water"
  32. reduce the diameter of (a wire or metal rod) by pulling it through a die; "draw wire"
  33. steep; pass through a strainer; "draw pulp from the fruit"
  34. remove the entrails of; "draw a chicken"
    Synonym(s): disembowel, eviscerate, draw
  35. flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching; "draw steel"
  36. cause to localize at one point; "Draw blood and pus"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Draw \Draw\, v. t.
      1. In various games:
            (a) (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.
            (b) (Golf) To hit (the ball) with the toe of the club so
                  that it is deflected toward the left.
            (c) (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.
            (d) (Curling) To throw up (the stone) gently.
      2. To leave (a contest) undecided; as, the battle or game was

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Draw \Draw\, n.
      1. The result of drawing, or state of being drawn; specif.:
            (a) A drawn battle, game, or the like.
            (b) The spin or twist imparted to a ball, or the like, by
                  a drawing stroke.
      2. That which is drawn or is subject to drawing.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Draw \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.
      Note: A sail is said to draw when it is filled with wind.
      2. To draw a liquid from some receptacle, as water from a
                     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
                     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. [bd]Skill in
            drawing.[b8] --Locke.
      8. To become contracted; to shrink. [bd]To draw into less
            room.[b8] --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, nigh,
            or 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.
            [bd]Greater hulks draw deep.[b8] --Shak.
      {To draw to a head}.
            (a) (Med.) To begin to suppurate; to ripen, as a boil.
            (b) Fig.: To ripen, to approach the time for action; as,
                  the plot draws to a head.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Draw \Draw\, n.
      1. The act of drawing; draught.
      2. A lot or chance to be drawn.
      3. A drawn game or battle, etc. [Colloq.]
      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.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Draw \Draw\ (dr[add]), v. t. [imp. {Drew} (dr[udd]); p. p.
      {Drawn} (dr[add]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Drawing}.] [OE.
      dra[yogh]en, 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. [root]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.
                     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.
      3. 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.
                           I opened the tumor by the point of a lancet
                           without drawing one drop of blood. --Wiseman.
            (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.                                 --Cheyne.
                           Until you had drawn oaths from him. --Shak.
            (d) To obtain from some cause or origin; to infer from
                  evidence or reasons; to deduce from premises; to
                           We do not draw the moral lessons we might from
                           history.                                       --Burke.
            (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.                           --Freeman.
      4. 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. --Wiseman.
            (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.
      5. To take into the lungs; to inhale; to inspire; hence,
            also, to utter or produce by an inhalation; to heave.
            [bd]Where I first drew air.[b8] --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
      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.
                     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.
      Note: 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.
      {To draw a bow}, to bend the bow by drawing the string for
            discharging the arrow.
      {To draw a cover}, to clear a cover of the game it contains.
      {To draw a curtain}, to cause a curtain to slide or move,
            either closing or unclosing. [bd]Night draws the curtain,
            which the sun withdraws.[b8] --Herbert.
      {To draw a line}, to fix a limit or boundary.
      {To draw back}, to receive back, as duties on goods for
      {To draw breath}, to breathe. --Shak.
      {To draw cuts} [or] {lots}. See under {Cut}, n.
      {To draw in}.
            (a) To bring or pull in; to collect.
            (b) To entice; to inveigle.
      {To draw interest}, to produce or gain interest.
      {To draw off}, to withdraw; to abstract. --Addison.
      {To draw on}, to bring on; to occasion; to cause. [bd]War
            which either his negligence drew on, or his practices
            procured.[b8] --Hayward.
      {To draw (one) out}, to elicit cunningly the thoughts and
            feelings of another.
      {To draw out}, to stretch or extend; to protract; to spread
            out. -- [bd]Wilt thou draw out thine anger to all
            generations?[b8] --Ps. lxxxv. 5. [bd]Linked sweetness long
            drawn out.[b8] --Milton.
      {To draw over}, to cause to come over, to induce to leave one
            part or side for the opposite one.
      {To draw the longbow}, to exaggerate; to tell preposterous
      {To draw (one)} {to [or] on to} (something), to move, to
            incite, to induce. [bd]How many actions most ridiculous
            hast thou been drawn to by thy fantasy?[b8] --Shak.
      {To draw up}.
            (a) To compose in due form; to draught; to form in
            (b) To arrange in order, as a body of troops; to array.
                  [bd]Drawn up in battle to receive the charge.[b8]
      Syn: To {Draw}, {Drag}.
      Usage: 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.
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