A child's drawing of her home and family.
- When you use a pencil to create a picture of a horse, this is an example of drawing.
- The picture of the horse that you create is an example of a drawing.
- A game of chance in which a name is chosen at random and the person whose name is chosen wins is an example of a drawing.
The definition of a drawing is a picture created with a pen, marker, crayons or other tools, or is the act of making such a picture, or is a contest in which a winner is randomly selected.
- the act of one that draws; specif., the art of representing something by lines made on a surface with a pencil, pen, etc.
- a picture, design, sketch, etc. thus made
- a lottery
- The act or an instance of drawing.
- a. The art of representing objects or forms on a surface chiefly by means of lines.b. A work produced by this art.
anaglyptography the technique of making drawings and etchings that appear to be carved in low relief. —anaglyptographic, adj. arcograph cyclograph. chalcography 1. Archaic. the art of engraving on copper plates, especially for printing. 2. the art of drawing with chalks or pastels. charcoalist an artist who specializes in charcoal drawings or sketches. chiaroscuro a technique of painting or drawing using light and shade to achieve a three-dimensional quality. — chiaroscurist, n. cyclograph an instrument for drawing arcs with a flexible arc-shaped part connected at the sides to an extensible straight bar. Also called arcograph. diagraph a device used for the mechanical reproduction of plans, outlines, etc., on a scale other than that of the original. diagraphics the art of graphic representation or drawing. —diagraphic, diagraphical, adj. graphiology the art or craft of writing or delineating. —graphiologist. n. ichnography 1. the rendering of a horizontal section of an object in scale. 2. the rendering of a floor plan of a building in a specific scale. —ichnographic, ichnographical, adj. isometric projection the rendering of an object or floor plan in scale as viewed from a stated angle. Cf. orthographic projection. micrograph an apparatus used for miniature writing or drawing. —micrography, n. monogram Obsolete, a sketch or drawing in outline without color. orthographic projection a rendering of an object or floor plan of a building in scale as viewed perpendicularly from above. Cf. isometric projection. pastelist, pastellist an artist who specializes in the use of pastels. perigraph a poorly executed or inaccurate delineation. planography Rare. the art of drawing maps or plans. —planographist, n. —planographic, planographical, adj. scenography the rendering of an object on a perspective plane. —scenographer, n. —scenographic, scenographical, adj. skiagraphy 1. the technique of rilling in the outline of the shadow made by an object to create a pictorial work or shadowgraph. 2. the creation of skiagrams on film with x rays. —skiagram, n. —skiagrapher, n. stereography the art of representing the forms of solid bodies on a plane surface. —stereographer, n. —stereographic, stereographical, adj. stylography the art of drawing, writing, or engraving with a style or similar instrument. —stylographic, stylographical, adj. xylopyrography the art or technique of producing a picture or design on a piece of wood by burning it with a heated, pointed instrument. Also called poker painting.
- Present participle of draw.
- A picture, likeness, diagram or representation, usually drawn on paper.
- The act of producing such a picture.
- Such acts practiced as a graphic art form.
- An act or event in which the outcome (e.g., designating a winner) is selected by chance in the form of a blind draw, notably of lots; especially such a contest in which a winning name or number is selected randomly by removing (drawing) it from a container, popularly a hat).
- A small portion of tea for steeping.
Variant of draw
transitive verbdrew, drawn, drawing
- 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
- to attract; charm; entice
- to attract (audiences of a specified size or kind)
- 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
- 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
- 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 dherāgh-, 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
beat to the draw☆
to be quicker than (another) in doing something, as in drawing one's weapon
draw and quarterMedieval History
- 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 move away or ahead
to withdraw; retreat
draw onor draw nigh
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