Draught Draught, a. 1. Used for drawing vehicles, loads, etc.; as, a draught beast; draught hooks. [1913 Webster]

2. Relating to, or characterized by, a draft, or current of air. [1913 Webster]

3. Used in making drawings; as, draught compasses. [1913 Webster]

4. Drawn directly from the barrel, or other receptacle, in distinction from bottled; on draught; -- said of ale, cider, and the like. [1913 Webster]

Note: This word, especially in the first and second meanings, is often written draft, a spelling which is approved by many authorities. [1913 Webster]

{Draught box}. See {Draught tube}, below.

{Draught engine} (Mining), an engine used for pumping, raising heavy weights, and the like.

{Draught hook} (Mil.), one of the hooks on a cannon carriage, used in drawing the gun backward and forward.

{Draught horse}, a horse employed in drawing loads, plowing, etc., as distinguished from a saddle horse or carriage horse.

{Draught net}, a seine or hauling net.

{Draught ox}, an ox employed in hauling loads, plowing, etc.

{Draught tube} (Water Wheels), an air-tight pipe extending downward into the tailrace from a turbine wheel located above it, to make the whole fall available; -- called also {draught box}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Draught — Draught, n. [The same as draft, the spelling with gh indicating an older pronunciation. See {Draft}, n., {Draw}.] 1. The act of drawing or pulling; as: (a) The act of moving loads by drawing, as by beasts of burden, and the like. [1913 Webster] A …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • draught — [drɑːft ǁ dræft] noun [countable] TRANSPORT a ship s draught is the distance from the bottom of the ship to the level of the water. This distance is the depth of water that a ship needs to float ˈladen ˌdraught TRANSPORT the draught when a ship… …   Financial and business terms

  • Draught — (dr[.a]ft), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Draughted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Draughting}.] 1. To draw out; to call forth. See {Draft}. Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. To diminish or exhaust by drawing. [R.] [1913 Webster] The Parliament so often draughted and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • draught — draught; draught·house; …   English syllables

  • draught — (US draft) ► NOUN 1) a current of cool air in a room or confined space. 2) a single act of drinking or inhaling. 3) literary or archaic a quantity of a liquid with medicinal properties: a sleeping draught. 4) the depth of water needed to float a… …   English terms dictionary

  • draught — [ dræft ] the British spelling of draft1 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • draught — c.1200, from O.E. *dreaht, *dræht, related to dragan to draw, drag (see DRAG (Cf. drag)). Oldest sense besides that of pulling is of drinking. It retains the functions that did not branch off with DRAFT (Cf. draft) (q.v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • draught — [draft, dräft] n., vt., adj. now chiefly Brit. sp. of DRAFT …   English World dictionary

  • draught — [[t]drɑ͟ːft, dræ̱ft[/t]] draughts (in AM, use draft) 1) N COUNT A draught is a current of air that comes into a place in an undesirable way. Block draughts around doors and windows... On a cold day there can be quite a draught from the letterbox …   English dictionary

  • draught — 01. She finished the beer in one long [draught]. 02. There is nothing as delicious as a glass of [draught] Guinness beer. 03. During hot weather, bees will fan their wings at the entrance to their hive in order to produce a cool [draught]. 04.… …   Grammatical examples in English

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