- To pull is defined as to make something move toward something else by tugging or dragging.
- An example of pull is hitching a trailer to a car and moving it down the street.
- An example of pull is someone bringing a door toward themselves to open it.
pull definition by Webster's New World
- to exert force or influence on so as to cause to move toward or after the source of the force; drag, tug, draw, attract, etc.
- to draw out; pluck out; extract: to pull a tooth
- to pick or uproot: to pull carrots
- to draw apart; rip; tear: to pull a seam
- ☆ to stretch (taffy, etc.) back and forth repeatedly
- to stretch or strain to the point of injury: to pull a muscle
- ☆ Informal to put into effect; carry out; perform: to pull a raid
- Informal to hold back; restrain: to pull one's punches
- ☆ to take (a gun, knife, etc.) from concealment so as to threaten
- to take or force off or out; remove: to pull a wheel from a car
- Dialectal to draw the entrails from (a fowl)
- Baseball, Golf to hit (the ball) and make it go to the left or, if left-handed, to the right
- Horse Racing to rein in or restrain (a horse) so as to keep it from winning
- Printing to take (a proof) on a hand press
- to work (an oar) by drawing it toward one
- to propel or transport by rowing
Origin: Middle English pullen ; from Old English pullian, to pluck, snatch with the fingers: uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to Middle Low German pull, a husk, shell
- to exert force in or for dragging, tugging, or attracting something
- to take a deep draft of a drink or puff at a cigarette, etc.
- to be capable of being pulled
- to move or drive a vehicle (away, ahead, around, out, etc.)
- ☆ Football to run behind, and parallel to, the line of scrimmage, as to provide blocking for a ballcarrier: said of an offensive lineman
- the act, force, or result of pulling; specif.,
- a dragging, tugging, attracting, etc.
- the act or an instance of rowing
- a drink
- a puff at a cigarette, etc.
- a difficult, continuous effort, as in climbing
- the force needed to move a weight, trigger, etc., measured in pounds
- something to be pulled, as the handle of a drawer, etc.
- ☆ Informal
- influence or special advantage
- drawing power; appeal
- puller noun
pull definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb pulled, pull·ing, pulls verb, transitive
- To apply force to so as to cause or tend to cause motion toward the source of the force.
- To remove from a fixed position; extract: The dentist pulled the tooth.
- To tug at; jerk or tweak.
- To rip or tear; rend.
- To stretch (taffy, for example) repeatedly.
- To strain (a muscle, for example) injuriously.
- Informal To attract; draw: a performer who pulls large crowds.
- Slang To draw out (a weapon) in readiness for use: pull a gun; pulled a knife on me.
- Informal To remove: pulled the engine; pulled the tainted meat product from the stores.
- Sports To hit (a ball) so that it moves in the direction away from the dominant hand of the player propelling it, as to the left of a right-handed player.
- Nautical a. To operate (an oar) in rowing.b. To transport or propel by rowing.c. To be rowed by: That boat pulls six oars.
- To rein in (a horse) to keep it from winning a race.
- Printing To produce (a print or an impression) from type.
- To exert force in moving something toward the source of the force.
- To drink or inhale deeply: pulled on the cold beer with gusto; pull on a cigarette.
- Nautical To row a boat.
- Informal To express or feel great sympathy or empathy: We're pulling for our new president.
- The act or process of pulling.
- Force exerted in pulling or required to overcome resistance in pulling.
- A sustained effort: a long pull across the mountains.
- Something, such as a knob on a drawer, that is used for pulling.
- A deep inhalation or draft, as on a cigarette or of a beverage.
- Slang A means of gaining special advantage; influence: The lobbyist has pull with the senator.
- Informal Ability to draw or attract; appeal: a star with pull at the box office.
Origin: Middle English pullen, from Old English pullian.
- pullˈer noun
pull - Computer Definition
pull - Phrases/Idioms
pull a face
- to tear down, demolish, or overthrow
- to degrade; humble
- to reduce
- Informal to get (a specified wage, grade, etc.)
pull forâ Informal
- to arrive
- to draw in or hold back
- Slang to arrest and take to police headquarters
pull oneself together
- â to depart
- â to withdraw or retreat
- â to escape from a contract, responsibility, etc.
- Aeron. to level out from a dive or landing approach
- to uproot
- to bring or come to a stop
- to drive (a vehicle) to a specified place
- to make (an aircraft) nose up sharply
- to check or rebuke
pull a fast one
pull (oneself) together
pull (one's) punches
pull (one's) weight
pull out all the stops
pull (someone's) leg
pull the plug on
pull the rug (out) from under
pull the string
pull the wool over (someone's) eyes
pull up stakes