American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or an instance of drawing.
- n. The art of representing objects or forms on a surface chiefly by means of lines.
- n. A work produced by this art.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of imparting motion or impulse by pulling or hauling.
- n. The act of attracting.
- n. The act of forming or tracing lines, as with a pen, pencil, point, etc.; specifically, in the fine arts, the act or method of representing objects on a surface, strictly by means of lines, but, by extension, by means of lines combined with shades or shading, or with color, or even by means of shading or colors without lines; properly, a method of representation in which the delineation of form predominates over considerations of color.
- n. A representation produced by the act of drawing; particularly, a work of art produced by pen, pencil, or crayon; also, a slighter or less elaborate work than a picture, very frequently in the sense of sketch, or a hasty and abridged representation of an object, scene, etc., often intended as a study for a more elaborate work to be executed later; also, especially in architecture, etc., a representation of a projected work; a design; a plan.
- n. The art of a draftsman; the art governing the acts and methods included under sense 3.
- n. The amount of money taken for sales in a shop or other trading establishment: usually in the plural.
- v. present participle of draw.
- n. A picture, likeness, diagram or representation, usually drawn on paper.
- n. The act of producing such a picture.
- n. Such acts practiced as a graphic art form.
- n. An act or event in which the outcome (e.g., designating a winner) is selected by chance in the form of blind draw, notably of lots; especially such a contest in which a winning name or number is selected randomly by removing (or drawing) it from a container, popularly a hat).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of pulling, or attracting.
- n. The act or the art of representing any object by means of lines and shades; especially, such a representation when in one color, or in tints used not to represent the colors of natural objects, but for effect only, and produced with hard material such as pencil, chalk, etc.; delineation; also, the figure or representation drawn.
- n. The process of stretching or spreading metals as by hammering, or, as in forming wire from rods or tubes and cups from sheet metal, by pulling them through dies.
- n. (Textile Manuf.) The process of pulling out and elongating the sliver from the carding machine, by revolving rollers, to prepare it for spinning.
- n. The distribution of prizes and blanks in a lottery.
- n. an illustration that is drawn by hand and published in a book, magazine, or newspaper
- n. a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines
- n. act of getting or draining something such as electricity or a liquid from a source
- n. players buy (or are given) chances and prizes are distributed by casting lots
- n. the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling
- n. the creation of artistic pictures or diagrams
“In a drawing to be reproduced by mechanical processes, the proportions of the design are, of course, unalterably determined by the required panel or page; but the _size_ of the _drawing_ may be such as best suits the inclination and convenience of the draughtsman.”
“Of course this seriously comic or comically serious Opera is drawing -- [ "_Music_," observes Mr. WAGG, parenthetically, "cannot be _drawing_"] -- and will continue to do so for some little time, long enough at all events to reimburse”
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“I mean, there was a lot of language that we hadn't heard since before the invasion of Iraq, the -- you know, the use of the term drawing a line in the sand.”
“But with his term drawing to an end, and a souring relationship with Congress, his stature on Capitol Hill has diminished.”
““This is what I call drawing to an inside straight flush,” he marveled.”
“Even though my drawing is the worst ever, I still love making up futuristic things like robots, and making up stories for them!”
“Two shots, quick, one after the other, from what they called the drawing room.”
“The dining-parlour, which might pass for his only sitting-room, -- for the little dark den which he called his drawing-room was not entered three times a year; the dining-room was a small square room, coloured pea-green with a gold moulding, adorned with a series of four prints on shooting, and four on hunting, together with two or three portraits of eminent racers, riders, hunters, and grooms.”
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