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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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 a 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).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. 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.

from The 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.

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

  • 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


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  • In glassmaking, the process of pulling semi-molten glass to elongate it.

    November 9, 2007