Draft definition

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To draw up a preliminary version of or plan for.
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A current of air in an enclosed area.
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To create by thinking and writing; compose.

Draft a speech.

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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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Suited for or used for drawing heavy loads.

Oxen and other draft animals.

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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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(hydraulics) The size of an opening for the flow of water.
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Draw through a flue of gasses (smoke) resulting from a combustion process.
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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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To work as a drafter.
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Drawn from a cask or tap.

Draft beer.

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(sports) A system in which the exclusive rights to new players are distributed among professional teams.
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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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The act of pulling loads; traction.
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Something that is pulled or drawn; a load.
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A team of animals used to pull loads.
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A gulp, swallow, or inhalation.
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The amount taken in by a single act of drinking or inhaling.
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A measured portion; a dose.
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A device for regulating the current of air in a heating system.
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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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A narrow line chiseled on a stone to guide a stonecutter in leveling its surface.
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A demand or drain made on something.
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A group of these so taken.
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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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The drawing of a liquid, as from a cask or keg.
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An amount drawn.

Ordered two drafts of ale.

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The process or method of selecting one or more individuals from a group, as for a service or duty.

A candidate who did not pursue the nomination, but accepted a draft by the party convention.

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Compulsory enrollment in the armed forces; conscription.
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A body of people selected or conscripted.
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The act of drawing in a fishing net.
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The quantity of fish caught.
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Any of various stages in the development of a plan, document, or picture.

A preliminary draft of a report; the final draft of a paper.

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A representation of something to be constructed.
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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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The demand made by a political party for a person to accept, sometimes reluctantly, a candidacy.
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(commerce) A deduction allowed for waste or loss in weight.
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(masonry) 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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(mech.) The taper given to a pattern or die so that the work can be removed easily.
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(naut.) The depth of water that a vessel draws, or needs in order to float, esp. when loaded.
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(sports) 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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A drawing or pulling, as of a vehicle or load.
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The thing, quantity, or load pulled.
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A drawing in of a fish net.
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The amount of fish caught in one draw.
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A taking of liquid into the mouth; drinking.
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A portion of liquid for drinking; specif., a dose of medicine.
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(informal) A portion of beer, ale, etc. drawn from a keg.
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The amount of air, smoke, etc., drawn in.
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The choosing or taking of an individual or individuals from a group for some special purpose, esp. for compulsory military service.
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The area of reduced air resistance behind a moving vehicle.
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The act or instance of closely following a race car, truck, etc. to avoid wind resistance and conserve fuel.
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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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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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(nautical) 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 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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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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A rough or preliminary sketch of a piece of writing.
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The amount taken at one drink.
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A drawing into the lungs, as of air or tobacco smoke.
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The condition of being so taken.
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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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
draft
Plural:
drafts

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

on draft
on draft

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