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Definitions of draft

  1. a current of air ( usually coming into a room or vehicle)
  2. a document ordering the payment of money; drawn by one person or bank on another
  3. make a blueprint of
  4. compulsory military service
  5. draw up an outline or sketch for something; " draft a speech"
  6. the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling
  7. a large and hurried swallow; " he finished it at a single gulp"
  8. a dose of liquid medicine; " he took a sleeping draft"
  9. a preliminary sketch of a design or picture
  10. a regulator for controlling the flow of air in a fireplace
  11. the depth of a vessel's keel below the surface ( especially when loaded)
  12. preliminary version of a written work
  13. engage somebody to enter the army
  14. a serving of drink ( usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg; " they served beer on draft"
  15. Pertaining to, or used for, drawing or pulling ( as vehicles, loads, etc.). Same as Draught.
  16. To draw the outline of; to delineate.
  17. To compose and write; as, to draft a memorial.
  18. To draw from a military band or post, or from any district, company, or society; to detach; to select.
  19. To transfer by draft.
  20. The depth to which a vessel sinks in the water.
  21. A written order for the payment of money, such as a check. The person who writes the draft is called the drawer, the person who holds the money -- for example, the bank -- is called the drawee, and the person who ultimately receives the money is called the payee. After receiving the draft, the payee can demand payment at any time unless the draft specifies a particular time for payment. Also called a bill of exchange. A preliminary version of a written document, such as a law or a legal brief, that is ready for revision or correction. To select for some purpose, such as military service.
  22. A sketch or outline; bill of exchange; an order for money; the plan of recruiting soldiers by conscription, rather than by enlistment; a contingent of new soldiers; the depth of water a vessel draws or to which she sinks; a current of air; a drink.
  23. To sketch out; select for military service by drawing numbers.
  24. The act of drinking; a drink.
  25. Anything drawn: a selection of men from an army, etc.: an order for the payment of money: lines drawn for a plan: a rough sketch: the depth to which a vessel sinks in water.
  26. To draw an outline of: to compose and write: to draw off: to detach.
  27. Anything drawn; a drawing; sketch or plan; order for money; troops drawn from an army, or from the people; floating depth of a ship.
  28. To make a draft of; detach.
  29. To conscript.
  30. A current of air.
  31. The act of drawing; a haul; pull; drag.
  32. A plan; sketch.
  33. A money order; bill of exchange.
  34. A military or naval conscription.
  35. An exhausting demand.
  36. The act of drawing; anything drawn off; a body of men or ships drawn off or detached for a special service; an order for the payment of money; a drawing of lines for a plan; outline; sketch; depth of water necessary to float a ship.
  37. To draw an outline of; to compose and write; to draw off; to select; to detach. See Draught.
  38. A body of men taken from an army or any part of it, or from a district; a detachment of soldiers; a cheque or order on a bank for money; a bill of exchange; a sketch; an outline or plan on paper.
  39. To draw men from a body of soldiers for service else- where; to select or detach; to draw out or delineate.

Usage examples for draft

  1. The draft of my will. – The Triumph of Hilary Blachland by Bertram Mitford
  2. And of the draft of two hundred who went out with me only one other and myself remain." – The Red Planet by William J. Locke
  3. In September I had a conversation with Miss Sheepshanks, and sent her my first draft of a scheme, to which she assented. – Autobiography of Sir George Biddell Airy by George Biddell Airy
  4. " Now draft me a letter to the Head, setting forth the many reasons why himself, his wife, their car, and her Chow, can't afford to miss Hynds House on their trip South this season. – A Woman Named Smith by Marie Conway Oemler
  5. I have had back this morning a refusal from San Francisco to honour a draft. – The Mynns' Mystery by George Manville Fenn
  6. After the war an Irishman prepared the Declaration for publication from Jefferson's rough draft; an Irishman's son first publicly read it; an Irishman first printed and published it. – Irish Nationality by Alice Stopford Green
  7. I drew up his will according to a rough draft, written by him. – John Marsh's Millions by Charles Klein Arthur Hornblow
  8. You go down and get your time, and they hand you your draft notice. – The Sky Is Falling by Lester del Rey
  9. I will answer your draft to this amount and purpose, or you may retain it out of any monies you may propose to pay me for admiral Jones. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  10. I cannot, said he, return my brother's draft; yet I am sorry for you, and will do what I can to help you. – Fletcher of Madeley by Frederic W. Macdonald
  11. We are prepared to honor a sight- draft with the Bonds attached, or to pay cash on presentation and transfer. – In Her Own Right by John Reed Scott
  12. Sometimes a town which had not originally been so founded might be made a " colony" by receiving a draft of Romans, and sometimes it was made such in sheer compliment. – Life in the Roman World of Nero and St. Paul by T. G. Tucker
  13. A moment later the chilly draft struck him again. – Her Weight in Gold by George Barr McCutcheon
  14. When the draft of a declaration and other papers which were to be dispersed in Great Britain came to be settled, it appeared that my apprehension and distrust were but too well founded. – Letters to Sir William Windham and Mr. Pope by Lord Bolingbroke
  15. The draft grant of arms was not executed at the time. – The Man Shakespeare by Frank Harris
  16. The extreme draft will be in the neighborhood of 5 inches. – Boys' Book of Model Boats by Raymond Francis Yates
  17. He complained Of the draft, and Miss Maggie shut the window. – Oh, Money! Money! by Eleanor Hodgman Porter
  18. Just as Virginia was the first colony to declare independence, she was also the first state to draft a new form of government. – The Road to Independence: Virginia 1763-1783 by Virginia State Dept. of Education
  19. Not more than four hundred cubic feet are thus used in the original draft of water that is not returned to the canal in such a way as not to lower the level of the lake. – The Niagara River by Archer Butler Hulbert
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