A man draws a picture of his cat.
- An example of draw is pulling a splinter out of a toe.
- An example of draw is encouraging someone to approach you because you are an attractive person.
- An example of draw is an artist making a sketch of a live model.
transitive verbdrew, drawn, draw′ing
- indicating traction to make move toward one or along with one by or as by exerting force; pull; haul; drag: a horse draws the cart
- to pull up (a sail, drawbridge, etc.)
- to pull down (a window shade, etc.)
- to pull in (a dragnet, etc.)
- to pull aside or together (a curtain, etc.)
- to pull across, as a violin bow over strings
- indicating attraction
- to attract; charm; entice
- to attract (audiences of a specified size or kind)
- indicating extraction to pull out; take out; remove; extract, as a tooth, cork, weapon, etc.
- to remove (a liquid, etc.) by sucking, draining, distilling, seeping, etc.
- to bring up, as water from a well
- to cause (liquid) to flow from an opening, tap, etc.: to draw a bath, to draw blood
- to take or get (a card or cards)
- to cause (a card or cards) to be played out: draw your opponent's trump
- indicating tension to pull out to its fullest extent; make tense; stretch; extend: to draw a rope tight to pull out of shape; distort to stretch, flatten, or shape (metal) by die stamping, hammering, etc. to make metal into (wire) by pulling it through holes
- indicating delineation (to “pull” across paper, etc.) to make (lines, figures, pictures, etc.), as with a pencil, pen, brush, or stylus; diagram to describe in words to make (comparisons, etc.); formulate
Origin of drawMiddle English drawen from Old English dragan, akin to Old Norse draga, to drag, German tragen, to bear, carry from Indo-European base an unverified form dher?gh-, to pull, draw along from source Classical Latin trahere, to pull, draw
- to draw something (in various senses of the vt.)
- to be drawn or have a drawing effect
- to come; move; approach: to draw nearer
- to shrink or contract
- to allow a draft of air, smoke, etc. to move through: the chimney draws well
- to suck (on a tobacco pipe, etc.)
- to attract audiences
- to become filled with wind: said of sails
- to steep: said of tea
- to make a demand or demands (on or upon)
- to track game by following its scent
- to move slowly toward the game after pointing: said of hounds
- a drawing or being drawn (in various senses)
- the result of drawing
- a thing drawn
- the cards dealt as replacements in draw poker
Origin of drawfrom, formerly, the withdrawal of stakes in such a case a tie; stalemate: the game ended in a draw
- a thing that attracts interest, audiences, etc.
- the movable part of a drawbridge
- a shallow gully or ravine, as one that water drains into or through
- Football a play in which the quarterback moves back to pass and then quickly gives the ball to a running back or quickly reverses direction and runs with the ball
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draw and quarterHistorical
- to execute by tying each arm and leg to a different horse, and then driving the horses in four different directions
- to eviscerate and cut into pieces after hanging
- to reduce in number: to draw down troops
- to deplete: he drew down the available funds
draw oneself up
- to assume a straighter posture; stand or sit straight
- to bridle
- to extend; lengthen; prolong
- to take out; extract
- to get (a person) to answer or talk
- to arrange in order; marshal
- to compose (a document) in proper form; draft
- to bring or come to a stop
- to raise one's shoulders and pull one's limbs close to the body; huddle
verbdrew, drawn, draw·ing, draws
- a. To cause to move after or toward one by applying continuous force; drag: drew the chair closer to the table; a team of horses drawing a wagon. See Synonyms at pull.b. To cause to move in a given direction or to a given position, as by leading: The teacher drew the children into the room to see the decorations.c. To move or pull so as to cover or uncover something: draw the curtains.
- To cause to flow forth: a pump drawing water; a blow that drew blood.
- To suck or take in (air, for example); inhale.
- To require (a specified depth of water) for floating: a boat drawing 18 inches.
- To take or pull out: drew a gun from beneath the counter; drew out a fat wallet.
- a. To extract or take for one's own use: draw strength from one's friends.b. To make (tea) by steeping.
- To eviscerate; disembowel: a traitor to the king who was drawn and quartered.
- a. To cause to come by attracting; attract: afraid the casino will draw undesirable elements to the town.b. To select or take in from a given group, type, or region: draw clients from all levels of society.
- To bring to a certain condition or action; lead: drawn to despair; drew them to resign.
- To bring about deliberately; provoke: draw enemy fire; draw a penalty on an opponent.
- To evoke as a response; elicit: a performance that drew jeers from the audience.
- To earn; gain: deposits that draw interest at a rate of 5 percent.
- a. To withdraw (money).b. To use (a check, for example) when paying.c. To receive on a regular basis or at a specified time: draw a pension.
- To take or receive by chance: draw lots.
- Games a. To take (cards) from a dealer or central stack.b. To force (a card) to be played.
- To end or leave (a contest) tied or undecided.
- Sports a. To hit or strike (a billiard ball, for example) so as to give it backspin.b. To hit (a golf ball) with a draw.
- a. To make tense or taut: drew the rope across the ravine.b. To pull back the string of (a bow).c. To distort the shape of: He drew his face into a scowl.
- a. To flatten, stretch, or mold (metal) by hammering or die stamping.b. To shape or elongate (a wire, for example) by pulling through dies.
- a. To inscribe (a line or lines) with a pencil or other marking implement.b. To make a likeness of on a surface, using mostly lines; depict with lines: drew a map of the area; drawing landscapes and still lifes.c. To portray in writing or speech; depict with words: draws moving scenes of ghetto life.
- To formulate or devise from evidence or data at hand: draw a comparison.
- To compose or write out in legal format: draw a deed.
- To proceed or move steadily: a ship drawing near the shore.
- To attract customers or spectators: The new play is drawing well.
- To pour forth liquid: The patient's veins don't draw easily.
- To cause suppuration.
- To take in a draft of air: The flue isn't drawing.
- To steep in or as if in the manner of tea.
- To pull out a weapon for use.
- To use or call upon part of a fund or supply: drawing on an account; drew from the experience of fellow workers.
- To contract or tighten: material that draws when it dries.
- To conclude a contest without either side winning; tie: The chess players drew in 32 moves.
- To make a likeness with lines on a surface; sketch.
- a. An act of drawing.b. The result of drawing.
- Something drawn, especially a lot, card, or cards drawn at random.
- Sports & Games a. The arrangement of competitors in a tournament in which the matchups are made at random.b. A matchup or opponent in such a tournament.
- An inhalation, especially through a pipe or other smoking implement.
- One that attracts interest, customers, or spectators: a singer who is a popular draw.
- The movable part of a drawbridge.
- A special advantage; an edge: have the draw on one's enemies.
- A contest ending without either side winning.
- A small natural depression that water drains into; a shallow gully.
- Football A play in which the quarterback drops back as if to pass and then runs or hands off to a running back.
- Sports A face-off.
- a. Games A draw shot.b. Sports A moderate, usually controlled hook in golf.
Origin of drawMiddle English drauen from Old English dragan
(third-person singular simple present draws, present participle drawing, simple past drew, past participle drawn)
- To move or develop something.
- To sketch; depict with lines; to produce a picture with pencil, crayon, chalk, etc. on paper, cardboard, etc.
- To deduce or infer.
- He tried to draw a conclusion from the facts.
- (intransitive) (of drinks, especially tea) To leave temporarily so as to allow the flavour to increase.
- Tea is much nicer if you let it draw for three minutes before pouring'
- To take or procure from a place of deposit; to call for and receive from a fund, etc.
- to draw money from a bank
- To take into the lungs; to inhale.
- To move; to come or go; used with prepositions and adverbs.
- We drew back from the cliff edge.
- The runners drew level with each other as they approached the finish line.
- Draw near to the fire and I will tell you a tale.
- To obtain from some cause or origin; to infer from evidence or reasons; to deduce from premises; to derive.
- (archaic) To draw up (a document).
- to draw a memorial, a deed, or bill of exchange
- To drag, pull.
- (intransitive) To pull; to exert strength in drawing anything; to have force to move anything by pulling.
- This horse draws well.
- A ship's sail is said to draw when it is filled with wind.
- To pull out (as a gun from a holster, or a tooth).
- One fine day in the middle of the night, / two dead men got up to fight. / Back to back they faced each other, / Drew their swords and shot each other.
- To undergo the action of pulling or dragging.
- The carriage draws easily.
- (archery) To pull back the bowstring and its arrow in preparation for shooting.
- (of curtains, etc.) To close.
- You should draw the curtains at night.
- (card games) To take the top card of a deck into hand.
- At the start of their turn, each player must draw a card.
- To extract a liquid, or cause a liquid to come out, primarily water or blood.
- draw water from a well; draw water for a bath; the wound drew blood
- To drain by emptying; to suck dry.
- (figuratively) To extract; to force out; to elicit; to derive.
- To sink in water; to require a depth for floating.
- A ship draws ten feet of water.
- (intransitive, medicine, dated) To work as an epispastic; said of a blister, poultice, etc.
- (intransitive, dated) To have a draught; to transmit smoke, gases, etc.
- A chimney or flue draws.
- (analogous) To consume, for example, power.
- The circuit draws three hundred watts.
- To extend in length; to lengthen; to protract; to stretch.
- to draw a mass of metal into wire
- (intransitive) To become contracted; to shrink.
- She had to draw upon her experience to solve the problem.
- He will be hanged, drawn and quartered.
- We drew last time we played. I drew him last time I played him. I drew my last game against him.
- To select by the drawing of lots.
- The winning lottery numbers were drawn every Tuesday.
- To win in a lottery or similar game of chance.
- He drew a prize.
- (poker) To trade in cards for replacements in draw poker games; to attempt to improve one's hand with future cards. See also draw out.
- Jill has four diamonds; she'll try to draw for a flush.
- The result of a contest in which neither side has won; a tie.
- The game ended in a draw.
- The procedure by which the result of a lottery is determined.
- The draw is on Saturday.
- (cricket) The result of a two-innings match in which at least one side did not complete all their innings before time ran out. Different from a tie.
- (golf) A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves intentionally to the left. See hook, slice, fade
- (curling) A shot that lands in the house without hitting another stone.
- (geography) A dry stream bed that drains surface water only during periods of heavy rain or flooding.
- (colloquial) Cannabis.
- In a commission-based job, an advance on future (potential) commissions given to an employee by the employer.
- (poker) A situation in which one or more players has four cards of the same suit or four out of five necessary cards for a straight and requires a further card to make their flush or straight.
- The schedule of games in a sports league - NRL Fixtures - 2011 NRL Draw
- (archery) The act of pulling back the strings in preparation of firing.
From Middle English drawen, dragen, from Old English draġan, from Proto-Germanic *draganą (cf. West Frisian drage, Dutch dragen, German tragen ‘to carry’, Danish drage), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreǵ- 'to draw, pull' (compare Albanian dredh ‘to turn, spin’, Old Armenian դառնամ (daṙnam, “to turn”), Sanskrit [script?] (dhrajas) ‘load’). See also drag.
draw - Computer Definition
(Direct Read After Write) Reading data immediately after it has been written to check for recording errors.
draw - Legal Definition