Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To pull along with difficulty or effort; haul: dragged the heavy box out of the way. See Synonyms at pull.
  • transitive v. To cause to trail along a surface, especially the ground.
  • transitive v. Computer Science To move (a pointing device, such as a mouse) while pressing down on one of its buttons.
  • transitive v. Computer Science To move (an element of a graphical display) on a computer screen using a pointing device.
  • transitive v. To move or bring by force or with great effort: had to drag him to the dentist; dragged the truth out of the reluctant witness.
  • transitive v. To search or sweep the bottom of (a body of water), as with a grappling hook or dragnet.
  • transitive v. To bring up or catch by such means.
  • transitive v. To prolong tediously: dragged the story out.
  • transitive v. Baseball To hit (a bunt) while taking the first steps toward first base.
  • transitive v. To break up, rake, or smooth out (land or dirt), especially by pulling a drag or heavy mesh: dragged the infield between innings.
  • intransitive v. To trail along the ground: The dog's leash dragged on the sidewalk.
  • intransitive v. To move slowly or with effort.
  • intransitive v. To lag behind.
  • intransitive v. To pass or proceed slowly, tediously, or laboriously: The time dragged as we waited.
  • intransitive v. Computer Science To move a pointing device while pressing down on one of its buttons.
  • intransitive v. To search or dredge the bottom of a body of water: dragging for the sunken craft.
  • intransitive v. To take part in or as if in a drag race.
  • intransitive v. To draw on a cigarette, pipe, or cigar.
  • n. The act of dragging.
  • n. Something, such as a harrow or an implement for spreading manure, that is dragged along the ground.
  • n. A device, such as a grappling hook, that is used for dragging under water.
  • n. A heavy sledge or cart for hauling loads.
  • n. A large four-horse coach with seats inside and on top.
  • n. Something, such as a sea anchor or a brake on a fishing reel, that retards motion.
  • n. One that impedes or slows progress; a drawback or burden: the drag of taxation on economic growth.
  • n. The degree of resistance involved in dragging or hauling.
  • n. The retarding force exerted on a moving body by a fluid medium such as air or water.
  • n. A slow, laborious motion or movement.
  • n. The scent or trail of a fox or another animal.
  • n. Something that provides an artificial scent.
  • n. Slang One that is obnoxiously tiresome: The evening was a real drag.
  • n. A puff on a cigarette, pipe, or cigar.
  • n. Slang A street or road: the town's main drag.
  • n. The clothing characteristic of one sex when worn by a member of the opposite sex: an actor in drag.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a person wearing clothing characteristic of the opposite sex: a drag performer; a drag show.
  • idiom feet To act or work with intentional slowness; delay.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To pull along a surface or through a medium, sometimes with difficulty.
  • v. To move slowly.
  • v. To act or proceed slowly or without enthusiasm; to be reluctant.
  • v. To move a mouse cursor while holding down a button on the mouse, often to move something on the screen.
  • v. To unintentionally rub or scrape on a surface
  • v. To perform as a drag queen or drag king
  • v. To hit or kick off target.
  • n. Resistance of the air (or some other fluid) to something moving through it.
  • n. The bottom part of a sand casting mold.
  • n. A device dragged along the bottom of a body of water in search of something, e.g. a dead body.
  • n. A puff on a cigarette or joint.
  • n. Someone or something that is annoying or frustrating.
  • n. Someone or something that is disappointing.
  • n. The scent-path left by dragging a fox, for training hounds to follow scents.
  • n. A large amount of backspin on the cue ball, causing the cue ball to slow down.
  • n. Any type of clothing or costume associated with a particular occupation or subculture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A confection; a comfit; a drug.
  • n. The act of dragging; anything which is dragged.
  • n. A net, or an apparatus, to be drawn along the bottom under water, as in fishing, searching for drowned persons, etc.
  • n. A kind of sledge for conveying heavy bodies; also, a kind of low car or handcart.
  • n. A heavy coach with seats on top; also, a heavy carriage.
  • n. A heavy harrow, for breaking up ground.
  • n.
  • n. Anything towed in the water to retard a ship's progress, or to keep her head up to the wind; esp., a canvas bag with a hooped mouth, so used. See Drag sail (below).
  • n. Also, a skid or shoe, for retarding the motion of a carriage wheel.
  • n. Hence, anything that retards; a clog; an obstacle to progress or enjoyment.
  • n. Motion affected with slowness and difficulty, as if clogged.
  • n. The bottom part of a flask or mold, the upper part being the cope.
  • n. A steel instrument for completing the dressing of soft stone.
  • n. The difference between the speed of a screw steamer under sail and that of the screw when the ship outruns the screw; or between the propulsive effects of the different floats of a paddle wheel. See Citation under Drag, v. i., 3.
  • intransitive v. To be drawn along, as a rope or dress, on the ground; to trail; to be moved onward along the ground, or along the bottom of the sea, as an anchor that does not hold.
  • intransitive v. To move onward heavily, laboriously, or slowly; to advance with weary effort; to go on lingeringly.
  • intransitive v. To serve as a clog or hindrance; to hold back.
  • intransitive v. To fish with a dragnet.
  • transitive v. To draw slowly or heavily onward; to pull along the ground by main force; to haul; to trail; -- applied to drawing heavy or resisting bodies or those inapt for drawing, with labor, along the ground or other surface
  • transitive v. To break, as land, by drawing a drag or harrow over it; to harrow; to draw a drag along the bottom of, as a stream or other water; hence, to search, as by means of a drag.
  • transitive v. To draw along, as something burdensome; hence, to pass in pain or with difficulty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To draw along by main force; pull; haul.
  • To draw along slowly or heavily, as something difficult to move: as, to drag one foot after the other.
  • To draw a grapnel through or at the bottom of, as a river or other body of water, in search of something: as, they dragged the pond.
  • Hence Figuratively, to search painfully or carefully.
  • To break, as land, by drawing a drag or harrow over it; harrow.
  • To be drawn along or trail on the ground; be pulled or hauled along: as, an anchor that does not hold is said to drag.
  • To move or proceed heavily, laboriously, or slowly; move on languidly or with effort.
  • To use a grapnel or drag: as, to drag for fish; to drag for a drowned person.
  • To dredge: used among oystermen.
  • To drawl in speaking.
  • n. Something that is, or is designed to be, dragged, hauled, or tugged.
  • n. A tool used by miners for cleaning out bore-holes before putting in the charge. It is usually made of light rod-iron, and ends in a tapering spiral, called a drag-twist. It is similar to a wormer, but of larger size. See scraper.
  • n. A device for retarding or stopping the rotation of a wheel or of several wheels of a carriage in descending hills, slopes, etc. See skid.
  • n. A fence placed across running water, consisting of a kind of hurdle which swings on hinges, fastened to a horizontal pole.
  • n. Nautical, a kind of floating anchor, usually of spars and sails, used to keep the head of a ship or boat to the wind or to diminish leeway.
  • n. Anything attached to a moving body which retards its progress, as a boat in tow of a ship; hence, a person or thing forming an obstacle to the progress or prosperity of another.
  • n. A device for guiding wood to a saw, used in sawing veneers.
  • n. A long, high carriage, often drawn by four horses, uncovered, and either with seats on the sides or with several transverse scats. Often improperly used in the sense of mail-coach or tally-ho.
  • n. In masonry, a thin plate of steel, indented on the edge, used for finishing the dressing of soft stone which has no grit.
  • n. The act of dragging; a heavy motion indicative of some impediment; motion effected slowly and with labor: as, a heavy drag up-hill.
  • n. In billiards, a blow, of the nature of a push, on the cue-ball somewhat under the center, causing it to follow the object-ball for a short distance.
  • n. A hunt or chase in which an artificial scent is substituted for a live fox.
  • n. The smell of a fox on the ground: as, the drag was taken up by the hounds.
  • n. The retardation and prolongation of signals received from a telegraph-line or submarine cable of considerable electrostatic capacity.
  • n. In printing, a slight slipping or scraping of a sheet on a form of types, which produces a thickened impression on one side of each letter.
  • n. In marine engineering, the difference between the speed of a screw-ship under sail and that of the screw, when the ship outruns the latter; the difference between the propulsive effects of the different floats of a paddle-wheel. Also called slip.
  • n. In music: In lute-playing, a portamento downward
  • n. A rallentando.
  • n. The bottom or lower side of a molding-faask.
  • n. See the extract.
  • n. Nautical, the difference between the draft of water forward and that aft.
  • n. A burglars' tool for prizing safes open; a spread.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. clothing that is conventionally worn by the opposite sex (especially women's clothing when worn by a man)
  • v. suck in or take (air)
  • v. force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
  • v. walk without lifting the feet
  • v. move slowly and as if with great effort
  • v. persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting
  • n. something tedious and boring
  • v. draw slowly or heavily
  • n. something that slows or delays progress
  • v. search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost
  • v. to lag or linger behind
  • n. the act of dragging (pulling with force)
  • v. use a computer mouse to move icons on the screen and select commands from a menu
  • v. proceed for an extended period of time
  • n. the phenomenon of resistance to motion through a fluid
  • v. pull, as against a resistance
  • n. a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)

Etymologies

Middle English draggen, from Old Norse draga or variant of Middle English drawen; see draw.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English draggen ("to drag"), early Middle English dragen ("to draw, carry"), confluence of Old English dragan ("to drag, draw, draw oneself, go, protract") and Old Norse draga ("to draw, attract"); both from Proto-Germanic *draganan (“to draw, drag”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰerāgʰ- (“to draw, drag”). Verb sense influenced due to association with the noun drag ("that which is hauled or dragged"), related to Low German dragge ("a drag-anchor, grapnel"). Cognate with Danish drægge ("to dredge"), Danish drage ("to draw, attract"), Swedish dragga ("to drag, drag anchor, sweep"), Swedish draga ("to draw, go"), Icelandic draga ("to drag, pull"). More at draw. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Plus, Robert DeNiro in drag is something you just CAN'T miss.

    Stardust

  • As you approach Zacatecas on the main drag from the south there is the newish Hotel Plaza.

    Hotel recommendations in Zacatecas & Saltillo

  • - The next scene, with Bugs in drag, is animated by Emery Hawkins.

    Welcome to My Shop, Let Me Cut Your Mop

  • Salem first deployed the term drag on a number of screwed-style remixes, most notably a version of Skeeter Davis's 1963 country hit The End of the World, which in their hands becomes pregnant with impossible pain.

    Music news, reviews, comment and features | guardian.co.uk

  • The opening half was a drag (has anyone used the term drag since the mid-1990s?).

    The Offside

  • Offsetting this drag is the potential benefit of whatever the government spends the tax revenues on.

    Tax Reform, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • COOPER: And this the scene in Key West, Florida, the eighth year of what they call the drag queen drop.

    CNN Transcript Dec 31, 2004

  • "You were speedier than a drag race," added Bruno Tonioli, adding a subtle emphasis on the word "drag."

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • I'm curious if things like this can be a positive short term drag for you in terms of your bioanalytical sales activity and how you respond to situations like this when a tremendous amount of rework needs to be done in this market place in a short period of time.

  • "We know that through index funds we can ultimately take a lot of expense - what we call drag - off of the participant's account," said Jim McCool, head of Institutional Services at Schwab.

    The Seattle Times

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  • "23. The smell of a fox on the ground: as, the drag was taken up by the hounds."

    --Century Dictionary

    January 5, 2011

  • Definition here.

    July 15, 2009

  • The meaning "clothing that is conventionally worn by the opposite sex (especially women's clothing when worn by a man)" comes from Yiddish "trogn," to dress or to wear a dress, by way of Polari, a cant language.

    October 5, 2008

  • For some people, "drug" can be a past tense form of "drag". See this map for American usage.

    April 14, 2008

  • Contronymic in the sense: race vs. delay.

    January 27, 2007