Definitions of draw

  1. take in, also metaphorically; " The sponge absorbs water well"; " She drew strength from the minister's words"
  2. choose at random; " draw a card"; " cast lots"
  3. give a description of; " He drew an elaborate plan of attack"
  4. remove the entrails of; " draw a chicken"
  5. allow a draft; " This chimney draws very well"
  6. the act of drawing or hauling something; " the haul up the hill went very slowly"
  7. poker in which a player can discard cards and receive substitutes from the dealer; " he played only draw and stud"
  8. the quarterback moves back as if to pass and then hands the ball to the fullback who is running toward the line of scrimmage
  9. a golf shot that curves to the left for a right- handed golfer; " he tooks lessons to cure his hooking"
  10. a playing card or cards dealt or taken from the pack; " he got a pair of kings in the draw"
  11. anything ( straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random; " the luck of the draw"; " they drew lots for it"
  12. 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"
  13. a gully that is shallower than a ravine
  14. cause to localize at one point; " Draw blood and pus"
  15. 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"
  16. cause to move along the ground by pulling; " draw a wagon"; " pull a sled"
  17. guide or pass over something; " He ran his eyes over her body"; " She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"; " He drew her hair through his fingers"
  18. pull back the sling of ( a bow); " The archers were drawing their bows"
  19. get or derive; " He drew great benefits from his membership in the association"
  20. take liquid out of a container or well; " She drew water from the barrel"
  21. ( 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
  22. flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching; " draw steel"
  23. steep; pass through a strainer; " draw pulp from the fruit"
  24. reduce the diameter of ( a wire or metal rod) by pulling it through a die; " draw wire"
  25. contract; " The material drew after it was washed in hot water"
  26. 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"
  27. select or take in from a given group or region; " The participants in the experiment were drawn from a representative population"
  28. 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?"
  29. finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.; " The teams drew a tie"
  30. suck in or take ( air); " draw a deep breath"; " draw on a cigarette"
  31. move or pull so as to cover or uncover something; " draw the shades"; " draw the curtains"
  32. 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".
  33. in baseball: earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher; " He drew a base on balls"
  34. engage in drawing; " He spent the day drawing in the garden"
  35. represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface; " She drew an elephant"; " Draw me a horse"
  36. write a legal document or paper; " The deed was drawn in the lawyer's office"
  37. 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"
  38. move or go steadily or gradually; " The ship drew near the shore"
  39. cause to flow; " The nurse drew blood"
  40. require a specified depth for floating; " This boat draws 70 inches"
  41. To withdraw.
  42. To perform the act, or practice the art, of delineation; to sketch; to form figures or pictures.
  43. To become contracted; to shrink.
  44. 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.
  45. To admit the action of pulling or dragging; to undergo draught; as, a carriage draws easily.
  46. To sink in water; to require a depth for floating.
  47. The act of drawing; draught.
  48. A lot or chance to be drawn.
  49. A drawn game or battle, etc.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. To hit ( the ball) with the toe of the club so that it is deflected toward the left.
  53. 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.
  54. To throw up ( the stone) gently.
  55. To leave ( a contest) undecided; as, the battle or game was drawn.
  56. The result of drawing, or state of being drawn;
  57. A drawn battle, game, or the like.
  58. The spin or twist imparted to a ball, or the like, by a drawing stroke.
  59. That which is drawn or is subject to drawing.
  60. 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.
  61. 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.
  62. 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.
  63. To pull from a sheath, as a sword.
  64. To extract; to force out; to elicit; to derive.
  65. To obtain from some cause or origin; to infer from evidence or reasons; to deduce from premises; to derive.
  66. 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.
  67. 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.
  68. To select by the drawing of lots.
  69. To remove the contents of
  70. To drain by emptying; to suck dry.
  71. To extract the bowels of; to eviscerate; as, to draw a fowl; to hang, draw, and quarter a criminal.
  72. To take into the lungs; to inhale; to inspire; hence, also, to utter or produce by an inhalation; to heave.
  73. To extend in length; to lengthen; to protract; to stretch; to extend, as a mass of metal into wire.
  74. 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.
  75. 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.
  76. To write in due form; to prepare a draught of; as, to draw a memorial, a deed, or bill of exchange.
  77. 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.
  78. To draw a liquid from some receptacle, as water from a well.
  79. To exert an attractive force; to act as an inducement or enticement.
  80. To have draught, as a chimney, flue, or the like; to furnish transmission to smoke, gases, etc.
  81. To unsheathe a weapon, especially a sword.
  82. Drawn.
  83. To trace by scent; to track; - a hunting term.
  84. To have efficiency as an epispastic; to act as a sinapism; - said of a blister, poultice, etc.
  85. To make a draft or written demand for payment of money deposited or due; - usually with on or upon.
  86. To pull along or haul; suck in; pull out; force our; to extend in length; stretch; disembowel; as, to draw a fowl; take or bring or bring out, as water; a number in a lottery, etc.; to represent on paper with a pen or pencil; to write in legal form; require to float in; as, the vessel draws twenty feet of water; inhale; as, to draw a sigh; attract or allure; receive; leave undecided; as, to draw a game.
  87. Act as an inducement; shrink; take, pull, or force something out; move; as, to draw near; to be pulled; to practice the art of making pictures with a pen or pencil; to write a formal demand for money, supplies, etc; as, you may draw on the bank for the amount; to allow a current of air to pass; as, the chimney draws well.
  88. The act of drawing; a game left undecided.
  89. Drew.
  90. Drawing.
  91. To pull along: to bring forcibly towards one: to entice: to inhale: to take out: to deduce: to lengthen: to make a picture of, by lines drawn: to describe: to require a depth of water for floating.
  92. To pull: to practice drawing: to move: to approach:- pa. t drew; pa. p. drawn.
  93. The act of drawing: anything drawn: among sportsmen, the act of forcing a fox from his cover, a badger from his hole: etc: the place where a fox is drawn. Also something designed to draw a person out to make him reveal his intentions or what he desires to conceal or keep back, or the like: a feeler. ( Slang.) " This was what in modern days is called a draw. It was a guess put boldly forth as fact to elict by the young man's answer whether he had been there lately or not."- C. Reade.
  95. To sketch; portray.
  96. movable part of a bridge.
  97. To move or approach; write an order for money; practice drawing.
  98. To pull; haul; lead; attract.
  99. To pull out; extract; call forth; obtain.
  100. To draft; commonly with up.
  101. To require the depth of ( so much water), as a vessel.
  102. To have attractive influence; be attractive.
  103. To have a free draft, as a stove or chimney.
  104. To move as if drawn; as, to draw away.
  105. To obtain money, etc., on application.
  106. To delineate, as with a pencil; practise drawing.
  107. To unsheathe a sword.
  108. An act of drawing.
  109. A tie, as in a game.
  110. The movable section of a drawbridge.
  111. The act of drawing; the lot or chance drawn; that part of a bridge which is either raised or drawn aside; the end of a game when both sides are equal or neither wins.
  112. To pull along after one; to pull out; to drag; to pull up from; to suck; to attract; to inhale; to take from; to let run out; to extract; to bring on; to move gradually or slowly; to lengthen; to utter drawlingly, as a sigh; to extend, by marking or forming; to represent by lines; to represent by words; to represent in fancy; to derive; to have; to deduce; to lead by persuasion or moral influence; to induce; to persuade; to attract toward; to win; to receive or take, as from a fund; to produce, as interest; to extort; to wrest; to write in due form; to receive or gain by drawing; to stretch; to require a certain depth of water for floating; to bend; to eviscerate. To draw back, to receive back, as duties on goods for exportation. To draw in, to collect; to contract; to pull back; to entice or inveigle. To draw off, to draw from or away; to withdraw; to abstract; to draw or cause to flow from; to extract by distillation. To draw on, to allure; to persuade or cause to follow; to occasion; to invite; to bring on. To draw over, to raise, or cause to come over, as in a still; to persuade or induce to revolt from an opposing party, and join one's own. To draw out, to lengthen; to beat or hammer out; to lengthen in time; to draw off, as liquor from a cask; to extract, as the spirit of a substance; to bring forth; to pump out by questioning or address; to induce by motive; to detach; to arrange in battle. To draw together, to collect or be collected. To draw up, to raise; to lift; to form in order of battle; to compose in due form, as a writing.
  113. To pull; to act as a weight; to shrink; to move or advance; to be filled or inflated with wind; to unsheathe, as a sword; to use or practise the art of delineating figures; to cause to suppurate; to excite to inflammation, maturation, and discharge, as a blister draws well. To draw back, to retire; to withdraw; to apostatize. To draw near or nigh, to approach. To draw off, to retire; to retreat. To draw on, to advance; to approach; to gain on in pursuit; to demand payment by an order or bill, called a draft. To draw up, to form in regular order.
  114. To haul; to raise, as water from a well; to pull along; to pull out or unsheath; to attract; to suck or inhale; to take or let out a liquid; to sketch or delineate; to have, receive, or take, as money; to pull or exert strength in drawing; to move, advance, or approach.

Usage examples for draw

  1. " That's where I draw the line," she said. – The Brightener by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  2. Her companions had endeavoured to draw her into the conversation. – A Question of Marriage by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  3. A good woman has to draw the line somewhere. – The Wrong Twin by Harry Leon Wilson
  4. In fact, the more noise we, who followed, made, the better, since that would draw attention from the Sikhs in front. – Jimgrim and Allah's Peace by Talbot Mundy
  5. I imagine him dead, and that nothing can draw him nearer to me. – Marie Bashkirtseff (From Childhood to Girlhood) by Marie Bashkirtseff
  6. All right, then, draw up a chair and let's have it over. – Left Guard Gilbert by Ralph Henry Barbour
  7. Don't draw in study hour any more, will you? – The Dark Star by Robert W. Chambers
  8. They draw you after them, back and back. – The Romantic by May Sinclair
  9. " Draw your knife," said Hoddan. – The Pirates of Ersatz by Murray Leinster
  10. Will you come and draw it now? – White Fire by John Oxenham
  11. Somehow it made me draw back. – A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green
  12. The Princess means to ask you, tomorrow, to draw for her what you can remember. – The Dark Star by Robert W. Chambers
  13. She did not draw it away; she did not know I was there. – The Magician's Show Box and Other Stories by Lydia Maria Child
  14. She did not draw back. – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips
  15. I have to draw the line somewhere. – Ma Pettengill by Harry Leon Wilson
  16. This was to show that she wished to draw no attention from anyone outside her own home. – Peeps at Many Lands: Japan by John Finnemore
  17. It will soon be getting so they won't wait for the railroad men to draw their pay. – The Mountain Divide by Frank H. Spearman
  18. It would be a pity to draw you back. – Norston's Rest by Ann S. Stephens
  19. Dr. Napier will draw for him." – Let'em Breathe Space by Lester del Rey
  20. I will try to draw her out, if you like. – In Luck at Last by Walter Besant