drawing board
noun Date: 1725 1. a board used as a base for drafting on paper 2. a planning stage <
a project still on the drawing board
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • drawing board — n 1.) (go) back to the drawing board if you go back to the drawing board, you start again with a completely new plan or idea, after the one you tried before has failed ▪ The current system just isn t working we need to go back to the drawing… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • drawing board — drawing boards (in AM, use drawing board) 1) N COUNT A drawing board is a large flat board, often fixed to a metal frame so that it looks like a desk, on which you place your paper when you are drawing or designing something. 2) PHRASE: PHR after …   English dictionary

  • drawing board — ► NOUN ▪ a board on which paper can be spread for artists or designers to work on. ● back to the drawing board Cf. ↑back to the drawing board …   English terms dictionary

  • drawing board — n. a flat, smooth board on which paper, canvas, etc. is fastened for making drawings back to the drawing board Informal back to the beginning or to the planning stage for a fresh approach or to find out what went wrong on the drawing board in the …   English World dictionary

  • drawing board — drawing ,board noun count a large board or table on which designers put their paper when they are working (go) back to the drawing board to try to think of a completely new idea because the one you tried before was not successful …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Drawing board — A 19th century architect at the drawing board A drawing board (also drawing table, drafting table or architect s table) is, in its antique form, a kind of multipurpose desk which can be used for any kind of drawing, writing or impromptu sketching …   Wikipedia

  • drawing board — noun a smooth board on which paper is placed for making drawings (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑drafting board • Hypernyms: ↑board * * * noun, pl ⋯ boards 1 [count] : a large flat board that is used for holding paper for drawing; also : ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • drawing board — 1. a rectangular board on which paper is placed or mounted for drawing or drafting. 2. back to the drawing board, back to the original or an earlier stage of planning or development: Our plan didn t work out, so it s back to the drawing board. 3 …   Universalium

  • drawing board — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms drawing board : singular drawing board plural drawing boards a large board or table that designers put their paper on when they are working • (go) back to the drawing board to try to think of a completely new… …   English dictionary

  • drawing board — n. planning stage 1) on the drawing board 2) (misc.) back to the drawing board * * * (misc.) back to the drawing board [ planning stage ] on the drawing board …   Combinatory dictionary

  • drawing board — /ˈdrɔɪŋ bɔd/ (say droyng bawd) noun 1. a rectangular board to which paper can be affixed for drawing on. –phrase 2. back to the drawing board, back to the basic essentials; back to the planning stage. 3. on the drawing board, in preparation …   Australian English dictionary

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