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

  • n. The act, process, or result of depleting: the drawdown of oil supplies; a drawdown of investment capital.
  • n. A lowering of the water level in a reservoir or other body of water.

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  • n. The act of reduction or depletion.
  • n. The result of reduction or depletion.
  • n. A change in hydraulic head in a well or other body of water.
  • n. A measure of the decline from a historical peak in some variable, typically the cumulative profit or total open equity of a financial trading strategy.


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  • The suggestion that these leaders are only now drawing closer to Iran as a result of the U.S. drawdown is both patently ridiculous and misleading.

    Wonk Room » Iraq’s ‘National Sovereignty Day’

  • But General Petraeus told VOA as long as the drawdown is "conditions based" he does not see how anyone can make "an intellectual argument" against it.

    Petraeus: NATO Pressure Forcing Taliban to Seek Peace

  • The comments are similar to ones the former Utah governor made in New Hampshire on Thursday, when he called a drawdown of U.S. troops "inevitable."

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  • For a country whose reserves are running very low, Khor suggested, the court could organize the creditors to come to meet the debtor and scientifically calculate what the debt is worth and how much the creditors should be repaid - "in other words a drawdown on the debt."

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  • As for a shorter-term drawdown -- which is what Taheri seems to mean by "a draw-down of the American military presence" -- Obama has never suggested that this should be delayed.


  • These, he adds, won’t be ready for use until, at best, “later in 2011,” well after the Obama troop drawdown is set to begin.

    Tom Engelhardt: The War Addicts: 2016 and Then Some

  • Reaction to the drawdown announcement was mixed: House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said continuing to degrade al-Qaeda must "take priority over any calendar dates"; House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California called the drawdown too slow and said she would "continue to press for a better outcome."

    Obama touts progress, orders drawdown

  • Declaring the day to be "National Sovereignty Day," Maliki called the drawdown a "great victory" for the Iraqi people, even comparing it to the Iraqi rebellion against British forces in 1920.

    The Progress Report: Iraq's 'National Sovereignty Day'

  • While Bush and critics of his Iraq policy may agree that a drawdown could be the proper action to take, they differ in one key respect — the rationale for why such a withdrawal is necessary.

    Think Progress » Reality Check on Iraq

  • Bush, on the other hand, is trying to suggest that a drawdown is the fruits of “good progress” being made in Iraq.

    Think Progress » Reality Check on Iraq


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