draw
I. verb (drew; drawn; drawing) Etymology: Middle English drawen, dragen, from Old English dragan; akin to Old Norse draga to draw, drag Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to cause to move continuously toward or after a force applied in advance ; pull <
draw your chair up by the fire
>
: as a. to move (as a covering) over or to one side <
draw the drapes
>
b. to pull up or out of a receptacle or place where seated or carried <
draw water from the well
>
<
drew a gun
>
; also to cause to come out of a container or source <
draw water for a bath
>
<
the nurse drew a blood sample
>
<
the wound drew blood
>
2. to cause to go in a certain direction (as by leading) <
drew him aside
>
3. a. to bring by inducement or allure ; attract <
honey draws flies
>
b. to bring in or gather from a specified group or area <
a college that draws its students from many states
>
c. bring on, provoke <
drew enemy fire
>
d. to bring out by way of response ; elicit <
drew cheers from the audience
>
e. to receive in the course of play <
the batter drew a walk
>
<
draw a foul
>
4. inhale <
drew a deep breath
>
5. a. to extract the essence from <
draw tea
>
b. eviscerate <
plucking and drawing a goose before cooking
>
c. to derive to one's benefit <
drew inspiration from the old masters
>
6. to require (a specified depth) to float in <
a ship that draws 12 feet of water
>
7. a. accumulate, gain <
drawing interest
>
b. to take (money) from a place of deposit c. to use in making a cash demand <
drawing a check against his account
>
d. to receive regularly or in due course <
draw a salary
>
8. a. to take (cards) from a stack or from the dealer b. to receive or take at random <
drew a winning number
>
9. to bend (a bow) by pulling back the string 10. to cause to shrink, contract, or tighten 11. a. to strike (a ball) so as to impart a backward spin b. to strike (a golf ball) so that a slight to moderate hook results 12. to leave (a contest) undecided ; tie 13. a. (1) to produce a likeness or representation of by making lines on a surface <
draw a picture
>
<
draw a graph with chalk
>
(2) to give a portrayal of ; delineate <
a writer who draws characters well
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b. to write out in due form <
draw a will
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c. to design or describe in detail ; formulate <
draw comparisons
>
14. to infer from evidence or premises <
draw a conclusion
>
15. to spread or elongate (metal) by hammering or by pulling through dies; also to shape (as plastic) by stretching or by pulling through dies intransitive verb 1. to come or go steadily or gradually <
night draws near
>
2. a. to move something by pulling <
drawing at the well
>
b. to exert an attractive force <
the play is drawing well
>
3. a. to pull back a bowstring b. to bring out a weapon <
drew, aimed, and fired
>
4. a. to produce a draft <
the chimney draws well
>
<
draw on a cigar
>
b. to swell out in a wind <
all sails drawing
>
5. a. to wrinkle or tighten up ; shrink b. to change shape by pulling or stretching 6. to cause blood or pus to localize at one point 7. to create a likeness or a picture in outlines ; sketch 8. to come out even in a contest 9. a. to make a written demand for payment of money on deposit b. to obtain resources (as of information) <
drawing from a common fund of knowledge
>
drawable adjective II. noun Date: 1663 1. the act or process of drawing: as a. a sucking pull on something held with the lips b. a removal of a handgun from its holster <
quick on the draw
>
c. backward spin given to a ball by striking it below center — compare follow 2. something that is drawn: as a. a card drawn to replace a discard in poker b. a lot or chance drawn at random c. the movable part of a drawbridge 3. a contest left undecided or deadlocked ; tie 4. one that draws attention or patronage ; attraction 5. a. the distance from the string to the back of a drawn bow b. the force required to draw a bow fully 6. a gully shallower than a ravine 7. the deal in draw poker to improve the players' hands after discarding 8. a football play that simulates a pass play so a runner can go straight up the middle past the pass rushers 9. a slight to moderate and usually intentional hook in golf

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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