Definitions of pull

  1. To draw with force; haul; drag; tug; pluck.
  2. To draw towards one by exerting force; pluck; as, to pull grapes; drag or haul; as, to pull a wagon; draw out; as, to pull a tooth.
  3. To draw or try to draw: to draw forcibly: to tear: to pluck.
  4. To draw forcibly; to tug.
  5. To give a pull: to draw.
  6. cause to move along the ground by pulling; " draw a wagon"; " pull a sled"
  7. strain abnormally; " I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up"; " The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition"
  8. tear or be torn violently; " The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; " pull the cooked chicken into strips"
  9. To draw towards one; to pluck; to tear; to rend. To pull down, to demolish; to humble. To pull off, to separate by pulling. To pull out, to extract. To pull up, to tear up by the roots; to eradicate.
  10. To draw forcibly; to rend; to draw towards one; to pluck; to gather; to haul or tug.
  11. a slow inhalation ( as of tobacco smoke); " he took a puff on his pipe"; " he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly"
  12. a sustained effort; " it was a long pull but we made it"
  13. a device used for pulling something; " he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer"
  14. special advantage or influence; " the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull"
  15. the force used in pulling; " the pull of the moon"; " the pull of the current"
  16. take away; " pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf"
  17. hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing; " pull the ball"
  18. 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".
  19. apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion; " Pull the rope"; " Pull the handle towards you"; " pull the string gently"; " pull the trigger of the gun"; " pull your kneees towards your chin"
  20. rein in to keep from winning a race; " pull a horse"
  21. operate when rowing a boat; " pull the oars"
  22. steer into a certain direction; " pull one's horse to a stand"; " Pull the car over"
  23. move into a certain direction; " the car pulls to the right"
  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"
  25. To draw, or attempt to draw, toward one; to draw forcibly.
  26. To draw apart; to tear; to rend.
  27. To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward one; to pluck; as, to pull fruit; to pull flax; to pull a finch.
  28. To move or operate by the motion of drawing towards one; as, to pull a bell; to pull an oar.
  29. To hold back, and so prevent from winning; as, the favorite was pulled.
  30. To take or make, as a proof or impression; -- hand presses being worked by pulling a lever.
  31. To exert one's self in an act or motion of drawing or hauling; to tug; as, to pull at a rope.
  32. The act of pulling or drawing with force; an effort to move something by drawing toward one.
  33. A pluck; loss or violence suffered.
  34. A knob, handle, or lever, etc., by which anything is pulled; as, a drawer pull; a bell pull.
  35. The act of rowing; as, a pull on the river.
  36. The act of drinking; as, to take a pull at the beer, or the mug.
  37. Something in one's favor in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing; as, in weights the favorite had the pull.
  38. A kind of stroke by which a leg ball is sent to the off side, or an off ball to the side.
  39. The act of using force to draw; a tug; colloquially, influence or advantage.
  40. The act of pulling: a struggle or contest.
  41. To draw; pluck.
  42. An advantage, as through political favoritism.
  43. A pluck; a drawing; a contest.