American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To draw to one side, as a curtain.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To draw aside or open.
- v. To draw aside or open; to pull back a layer of fabric, e.g. a curtain.
- v. To clear or erase part of a drawing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To draw aside or open; to draw back.
- un- + draw (Wiktionary)
“Tallien – I just now observed, that we must undraw the veil.”
“Seeing the faint light of early day without, the girl rose to undraw the curtain.”
“Upon entering the room he felt his limbs tremble, his heart flutter, his tongue falter; he attempted to undraw the curtain, and called for a light to the bedside.”
“There never was any discomfort happened to mortal man, but some little ray of consolation would dart in, if the wretch was not so much a wretch, as to draw, instead of undraw, the curtain, to keep it out.”
“Emily presently heard his steps descending the stairs within, and then the heavy chain fall, and the bolts undraw of a small postern door, which he opened to admit the party.”
“As she surveyed this dismal place, she perceived a door on the opposite side of the stair-case, and, anxious to know whether it would lead her to Madame Montoni, she tried to undraw the bolts, which fastened it.”
“Mayhap there'll be something for you to draw-and then undraw-later on.”
“If the reader blame me for not assisting him to determine this, -- if he ask me why I do not undraw the curtain and disclose the picture, -- I reply in the words of the painter Zeuxis, when the same question was addressed to him, on exhibiting his master-piece of imitative art -- 'The curtain _is_ the picture.”
“I feel the helmet on my head; I wave the standard over it; brave men smile upon me; beautiful maidens pull them gently back by the scarf, and will not let them break my slumber, nor undraw the curtain.”
“Joseph, who "mainly contributed," with those earnest, honest fingers of his to undraw the royal purse-strings, so that the three granddaughters may now keep the wolf from the door, as their immortal grandfather kept the foe from the "silver-girt isle.”
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