Draw Draw, v. i. 1. To pull; to exert strength in drawing anything; to have force to move anything by pulling; as, a horse draws well; the sails of a ship draw well. [1913 Webster]

Note: A sail is said to draw when it is filled with wind. [1913 Webster]

2. To draw a liquid from some receptacle, as water from a well. [1913 Webster]

The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. --John iv. 11. [1913 Webster]

3. To exert an attractive force; to act as an inducement or enticement. [1913 Webster]

Keep a watch upon the particular bias of their minds, that it may not draw too much. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

4. (Med.) To have efficiency as an epispastic; to act as a sinapism; -- said of a blister, poultice, etc. [1913 Webster]

5. To have draught, as a chimney, flue, or the like; to furnish transmission to smoke, gases, etc. [1913 Webster]

6. To unsheathe a weapon, especially a sword. [1913 Webster]

So soon as ever thou seest him, draw; and as thou drawest, swear horrible. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

7. To perform the act, or practice the art, of delineation; to sketch; to form figures or pictures. ``Skill in drawing.'' --Locke. [1913 Webster]

8. To become contracted; to shrink. ``To draw into less room.'' --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

9. To move; to come or go; literally, to draw one's self; -- with prepositions and adverbs; as, to draw away, to move off, esp. in racing, to get in front; to obtain the lead or increase it; to draw back, to retreat; to draw level, to move up even (with another); to come up to or overtake another; to draw off, to retire or retreat; to draw on, to advance; to draw up, to form in array; to draw near, draw nigh, or draw towards, to approach; to draw together, to come together, to collect. [1913 Webster]

10. To make a draft or written demand for payment of money deposited or due; -- usually with on or upon. [1913 Webster]

You may draw on me for the expenses of your journey. --Jay. [1913 Webster]

11. To admit the action of pulling or dragging; to undergo draught; as, a carriage draws easily. [1913 Webster]

12. To sink in water; to require a depth for floating. ``Greater hulks draw deep.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To draw to a head}. (a) (Med.) To begin to suppurate; to ripen, as a boil. (b) Fig.: To ripen, to approach the time for action; as, the plot draws to a head. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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