Draft meaning

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Draft means air drifting in an enclosed space.

An example of draft is cold air coming into a room through a window.

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The definition of draft is something that is used for pulling, drawn from a cask or is in a rough form.

An example of draft is a horse that pulls a beer truck.

An example of draft is a beer on tap.

An example of draft is a book without any corrections made.

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Draft is defined as a drawing in or pulling of something.

An example of draft is a truck pulling a trailer.

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Draft is to choose or take someone or something for a special purpose.

An example of draft is a college football player being chosen for a professional team.

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A current of air in an enclosed area.
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Suited for or used for drawing heavy loads.

Oxen and other draft animals.

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The depth of a vessel's keel below the water line, especially when loaded.

A river vessel of shallow draft.

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A narrow line chiseled on a stone to guide a stonecutter in leveling its surface.
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A slight taper given a die to facilitate the removal of a casting.
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An allowance made for loss in weight of merchandise.
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To draw up a preliminary version of or plan for.
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To create by thinking and writing; compose.

Draft a speech.

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To work as a drafter.
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To move, ride, or drive close behind a fast-moving object so as to take advantage of the slipstream, especially in a race.
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Drawn from a cask or tap.

Draft beer.

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A rough or preliminary sketch of a piece of writing.
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A plan or drawing of a work to be done.
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A current of air, as in a room, heating system, etc.
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A device for regulating the current of air in a heating system.
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A written order issued by one person, bank, firm, etc., directing the payment of money to another; check.
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A demand or drain made on something.
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The demand made by a political party for a person to accept, sometimes reluctantly, a candidacy.
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A deduction allowed for waste or loss in weight.
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The size of an opening for the flow of water.
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A narrow strip along the edge or across the face of a stone, serving as a guide in leveling the surface.
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The taper given to a pattern or die so that the work can be removed easily.
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The depth of water that a vessel draws, or needs in order to float, esp. when loaded.
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A system by which a league, as of professional teams, allots to each team the right to contract specified individuals in a group of players, esp. new players, usually by giving each team a turn to select one player until each roster is full.
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To choose or take for some special purpose, as compulsory military service, by drawing from a group.
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To persuade or compel (a person) to become a candidate for public office.
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To make a preliminary sketch of or working plans for.
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To select (a player) during or in a draft.
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To drive very closely behind another vehicle while racing, so as to take advantage of the reduced air resistance behind it.
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Used for pulling loads.

Draft animals.

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Drawn from a keg on order.

Draft beer.

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In a preliminary or rough form.

A draft resolution.

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A written order for the payment of a specified sum of money to a certain individual or to the bearer (for example, a check). A draft may involve three parties: the drawer, who writes or creates it, the drawee, who has custody of the funds to be paid (for example, a bank), and the payee, who will receive the funds.
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A draft payable upon receipt.
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A draft payable as of a certain date.
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An early version of a written work.

I have to revise the first draft of my term paper.

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A preliminary sketch, rough outline.

His first drafts were better than most authors' final products.

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(nautical) Depth of water needed to float a ship [also spelled draught].
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A current of air, usually coming into a room or vehicle [also spelled draught].
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Draw through a flue of gasses (smoke) resulting from a combustion process.
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A cheque, an order for money to be paid.
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An amount of liquid that is drunk in one swallow [also spelled draught]

She took a deep draft from the bottle of water.

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Conscription, the system of forcing people to serve in the military.

He left the country to avoid the draft.

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(sports) A system of assigning rookie players to professional sports teams.
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(rail transport) The pulling force (tension) on couplers and draft gear during a slack stretched condition.
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To write a first version, make a preliminary sketch.
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To write a law.
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To conscript a person, force a person to serve in the military.
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To select and separate an animal or animals from a group.
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(politics) To force or convince a person to take an elected position they are not interested in.
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(sports) To select a rookie player onto a professional sports team.
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(intransitive) To follow very closely behind another vehicle, thereby providing an aerodynamic advantage to both lead and follower, thereby conserving energy or increasing speed.
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The act of drawing fibers out of a clump, for spinning in the production of yarn.
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(not comparable) Referring to drinks on tap, in contrast to bottled.

I'd rather have a fresh, cheap draft beer.

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A device that regulates the flow or circulation of air.
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A heavy demand on resources.
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A written order directing the payment of money from an account or fund.
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A system in which the exclusive rights to new players are distributed among professional teams.
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To select from a group for some usually compulsory service.

Drafted into the army.

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To select from a group for placement on a sports team.
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on draft
  • Drawn from a large container, such as a keg.
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on draft
  • Ready to be drawn directly from the keg.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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Origin of draft

  • Middle English draught act of drawing or pulling from Old English dreaht dragan to draw
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English draught (“drawing, pull, stroke, etc.”), from Old English dragan (“to draw, drag”); see draw.
    From Wiktionary