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

  • n. A current of air in an enclosed area.
  • n. A device that regulates the flow or circulation of air.
  • n. The act of pulling loads; traction.
  • n. Something that is pulled or drawn; a load.
  • n. A team of animals used to pull loads.
  • n. Nautical The depth of a vessel's keel below the water line, especially when loaded: a river vessel of shallow draft.
  • n. A heavy demand on resources.
  • n. A written order directing the payment of money from an account or fund.
  • n. A gulp, swallow, or inhalation.
  • n. The amount taken in by a single act of drinking or inhaling.
  • n. A measured portion; a dose.
  • n. The drawing of a liquid, as from a cask or keg.
  • n. An amount drawn: ordered two drafts of ale.
  • n. The process or method of selecting one or more individuals from a group, as for a service or duty: a candidate who did not pursue the nomination, but accepted a draft by the party convention.
  • n. Compulsory enrollment in the armed forces; conscription.
  • n. A body of people selected or conscripted.
  • n. Sports A system in which the exclusive rights to new players are distributed among professional teams.
  • n. The act of drawing in a fishnet.
  • n. The quantity of fish caught.
  • n. Any of various stages in the development of a plan, document, or picture: a preliminary draft of a report; the final draft of a paper.
  • n. A representation of something to be constructed.
  • n. A narrow line chiseled on a stone to guide a stonecutter in leveling its surface.
  • n. A slight taper given a die to facilitate the removal of a casting.
  • n. An allowance made for loss in weight of merchandise.
  • transitive v. To select from a group for some usually compulsory service: drafted into the army.
  • transitive v. To select from a group for placement on a sports team.
  • transitive v. To draw up a preliminary version of or plan for.
  • transitive v. To create by thinking and writing; compose: draft a speech.
  • intransitive v. To work as a drafter.
  • intransitive v. To move, ride, or drive close behind a fast-moving object so as to take advantage of the slipstream, especially in a race.
  • adj. Suited for or used for drawing heavy loads: oxen and other draft animals.
  • adj. Drawn from a cask or tap: draft beer.
  • idiom on draft Drawn from a large container, such as a keg.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An early version of a written work
  • n. A preliminary sketch, rough outline
  • n. Draw through a flue of gasses (smoke) resulting from a combustion process.
  • n. A cheque, an order for money to be paid
  • n. conscription, the system of forcing people to serve in the military.
  • n. A system of assigning rookie players to professional sports teams
  • n. the pulling force (tension) on couplers and draft gear during a slack stretched condition.
  • v. to write a first version, make a preliminary sketch.
  • v. write a law
  • v. to conscript a person, force a person to serve in the military
  • v. to select and separate an animal or animals from a group.
  • v. to force or convince a person to do a job they do not want to do
  • v. to select a rookie player onto a professional sports team
  • v. To follow very closely behind another vehicle, thereby providing an aerodynamic advantage to both lead and follower, thereby conserving energy or increasing speed.
  • v. the act of drawing fibers out of a clump, for spinning in the production of yarn
  • adj. Referring to drinks on tap, in contrast to bottled

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or used for, drawing or pulling (as vehicles, loads, etc.). Same as draught.
  • adj. Relating to, or characterized by, a draft, or current of air. Same as Draught.
  • n. The act of drawing; also, the thing drawn. Same as draught.
  • n. A selecting or detaching of soldiers from an army, or from any part of it, or from a military post; also from any district, or any company or collection of persons, or from the people at large; also, the body of men thus drafted.
  • n. An order from one person or party to another, directing the payment of money; a bill of exchange.
  • n. An allowance or deduction made from the gross weight of goods.
  • n. A drawing of lines for a plan; a plan delineated, or drawn in outline; a delineation. See Draught.
  • n. The form of any writing as first drawn up; the first rough sketch of written composition, to be filled in, or completed. See Draught.
  • n.
  • n. A narrow border left on a finished stone, worked differently from the rest of its face.
  • n. A narrow border worked to a plane surface along the edge of a stone, or across its face, as a guide to the stone-cutter.
  • n. The slant given to the furrows in the dress of a millstone.
  • n. Depth of water necessary to float a ship. See Draught.
  • n. A current of air. Same as Draught.
  • n. A quantity of liquid poured out for drinking; a dose.
  • n. The act of drawing a quantity of liquid from a large container; also, the quantity of liquid so drawn.
  • n. A device for regulating the flow of gases in a chimney, stovepipe, fireplace, etc.. It is usually a flat plate of the same internal dimensions as the flue, which can be rotated to be parallel to or perpendicular to the current of gases.
  • transitive v. To draw the outline of; to delineate.
  • transitive v. To compose and write.
  • transitive v. To draw from a military band or post, or from any district, company, or society; to detach; to select; especially, to compulsorily select and induct members of a population to serve in the armed forces.
  • transitive v. To transfer by draft.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of drawing or dragging (in any sense); a drawing; a draw; a haul; a pull.
  • n. The capacity of being dragged or hauled; the yielding to a force which draws or drags: as, a cart or plow of easy draft.
  • n. The act of drawing water from a well, or any liquid from a vessel; the state of being ready to be so drawn: as, ale on draught.
  • n. That which is drawn, dragged, or pulled; a load or burden to be drawn.
  • n. That which is secured by drawing or pulling; specifically, that which is obtained by drawing a net through the water in fishing; a haul.
  • n. The act of drinking, as of water or wine.
  • n. A quantity of a liquid drunk at one time; a quantity, especially of a medicine, prescribed to be drunk at one time.
  • n. A drawing by sensuous or mental motives; attraction; enticement; inducement.
  • n. The act of drawing or taking away a part; the act of taking a number or a portion from an aggregate; a levy; the act of depleting or reducing in number, force, etc.: as, a draft upon his resources.
  • n. A selection of men or things for a special duty or purpose; specifically, a selection or drawing of persons from the general body of the people, by lot or otherwise, for military service; a levy; conscription; also, a selection of persons already in service, to be sent from one post or organization to another, in either the army or the navy; a detachment; also, a transfer of vessels of war to a different fleet or squadron.
  • n. A team of horses in a cart or wagon. Brockett.
  • n. The depth of water which a ship draws or requires to float it; the depth a ship sinks in water, especially when laden: as, a ship of 12 feet draft. If the vessel is fully laden, it is termed the load-water draft; if unloaded, the light-water draft.
  • n. A written order drawn by one person upon another; a writing directing the payment of money on account of the drawer: a bill of exchange; particularly, an inland bill of exchange.
  • n. The distance to which an arrow may be shot; a bow-shot. Also called bow-draught.
  • n. The drawing or moving of air; the air so drawn or moved; a confined current, of air, as in a room or in the flue of a chimney.
  • n. A move in chess or checkers.
  • n. plural The game of checkers.
  • n. A mild blister; a poultice.
  • n. A drain; a sink; a privy.
  • n. An allowance for waste of goods sold by weight; also, an allowance made at the custom-house on excisable goods.
  • n. The act of drawing; delineation; that which is delineated; a representation by lines, as the figure of a house, a machine, a fort, etc., drawn on paper; a drawing or first sketch; an outline.
  • n. Hence A first sketch, outline, or copy of any writing or composition; the proposed form of a written instrument prepared for amendment and alteration, as may be required, preliminary to making a fair copy.
  • n. A treatise; a discourse.
  • n. A drawbridge: same as draught-bridge.
  • n. In founding, the slight bevel given to the pattern for a casting, in order that it may be drawn from the sand without injury to the mold.
  • n. In masonry, a line on the surface of a stone hewn to the breadth of the chisel.
  • n. In weaving, the cording of a loom or the arrangement of the heddles.
  • n. The sectional area of the openings in a turbine-wheel or in a sluice-gate.
  • n. The degree of deflection of a millstone-furrow from a radial direction.
  • n. A stroke.
  • n. Skill; art; stratagem.
  • n. A company or lot.
  • n. The heart, liver, and lights of a calf or sheep: in this sense only draught. Also called pluck.
  • Used or suited for drawing loads: as, draft cattle.
  • Being on draught; drawn as required from the cask: as, draught ale.
  • To draw; pull.
  • In weaving, to draw (thread) through the heddles.
  • To draw out by selection, as for service; levy; conscript; specifically, to select (persons) by a draft for military purposes.
  • To draw in outline; delineate; sketch; outline.
  • To prepare the proposed form of, as a document or writing of any kind; make a first sketch of in writing: as, to draft a memorial or a lease.
  • In cotton manuf., to attenuate (a lap, sliver, or roving) by drawing it between rollers which run at different speeds.
  • To separate (and sort) from the herd: as, to draft cattle. See def. 3.
  • n. Same as draff.
  • n.
  • n. In textile-manuf., the amount of attenuation of a lap, sliver, or roving effected by drawing it between rollers running at different speeds.
  • n. A body or bunch of cattle which have been separated from the rest of the herd. See draft, 10.

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

  • n. a regulator for controlling the flow of air in a fireplace
  • n. the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling
  • v. engage somebody to enter the army
  • v. draw up an outline or sketch for something
  • n. a preliminary sketch of a design or picture
  • n. the depth of a vessel's keel below the surface (especially when loaded)
  • n. a current of air (usually coming into a chimney or room or vehicle)
  • n. any of the various versions in the development of a written work
  • n. compulsory military service
  • n. a document ordering the payment of money; drawn by one person or bank on another
  • n. a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg
  • n. a dose of liquid medicine
  • v. make a blueprint of
  • n. a large and hurried swallow


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

Middle English draught, act of drawing or pulling, from Old English *dreaht; akin to dragan, to draw.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English draught ("drawing, pull, stroke, etc."), from Old English dragan ("to draw, drag"); see draw.



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  • Excellent! One of my favorite quotes. :-)

    August 28, 2007

  • “No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.�?

    – H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

    August 28, 2007