1. The act of dragging; anything which is dragged.
2. A net, or an apparatus, to be drawn along the bottom under water, as in fishing, searching for drowned persons, etc.
3. A kind of sledge for conveying heavy bodies; also, a kind of low car or handcart; as, a stone drag.
4. A heavy coach with seats on top; also, a heavy carriage. [Collog.]
5. A heavy harrow, for breaking up ground.
6. (a) Anything towed in the water to retard a ship's progress, or to keep her head up to the wind; esp., a canvas bag with a hooped mouth, so used. See Drag sail (below). (b) Also, a skid or shoe, for retarding the motion of a carriage wheel. (c) Hence, anything that retards; a clog; an obstacle to progress or enjoyment.
My lectures were only a pleasure to me, and no drag. --J. D. Forbes.
7. Motion affected with slowness and difficulty, as if clogged. “Had a drag in his walk.”
8. Founding The bottom part of a flask or mold, the upper part being the cope.
9. Masonry A steel instrument for completing the dressing of soft stone.
10. Marine Engin. The difference between the speed of a screw steamer under sail and that of the screw when the ship outruns the screw; or between the propulsive effects of the different floats of a paddle wheel. See Citation under Drag, v. i., 3.
Drag sail Naut., a sail or canvas rigged on a stout frame, to be dragged by a vessel through the water in order to keep her head to the wind or to prevent drifting; -- called also drift sail, drag sheet, drag anchor, sea anchor, floating anchor, etc.
Drag twist Mining, a spiral hook at the end of a rod for cleaning drilled holes.
Drag n. A confection; a comfit; a drug. [Obs.]
Drag, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dragged p. pr. & vb. n. Dragging ]
1. To draw slowly or heavily onward; to pull along the ground by main force; to haul; to trail; -- applied to drawing heavy or resisting bodies or those inapt for drawing, with labor, along the ground or other surface; as, to drag stone or timber; to drag a net in fishing.
Dragged by the cords which through his feet were thrust. --Denham.
The grossness of his nature will have weight to drag thee down. --Tennyson.
A needless Alexandrine ends the song
That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along. --Pope.
2. To break, as land, by drawing a drag or harrow over it; to harrow; to draw a drag along the bottom of, as a stream or other water; hence, to search, as by means of a drag.
Then while I dragged my brains for such a song. --Tennyson.
3. To draw along, as something burdensome; hence, to pass in pain or with difficulty.
Have dragged a lingering life. -- Dryden.
To drag an anchor Naut., to trail it along the bottom when the anchor will not hold the ship.
Syn: -- See Draw.
Drag, v. i.
1. To be drawn along, as a rope or dress, on the ground; to trail; to be moved onward along the ground, or along the bottom of the sea, as an anchor that does not hold.
2. To move onward heavily, laboriously, or slowly; to advance with weary effort; to go on lingeringly.
The day drags through, though storms keep out the sun. --Byron.
Long, open panegyric drags at best. -- Gay.
3. To serve as a clog or hindrance; to hold back.
A propeller is said to drag when the sails urge the vessel faster than the revolutions of the screw can propel her. --Russell.
4. To fish with a dragnet.
n 1: the phenomenon of resistance to motion through a fluid [syn:
2: something that slows or delays progress; "taxation is a drag
on the economy"; "too many laws are a drag on the use of
3: something tedious and boring; "peeling potatoes is a drag"
4: clothing that is conventionally worn by the opposite sex
(especially women's clothing when worn by a man); "he went
to the party dressed in drag"; "the waitresses looked like
missionaries in drag"
5: a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke); "he took a puff on
his pipe"; "he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled
the smoke slowly" [syn: puff, pull]
6: the act of dragging (pulling with force); "the drag up the
hill exhausted him"
v 1: pull, as against a resistance; "He dragged the big suitcase
behind him"; "These worries were dragging at him"
2: draw slowly or heavily; "haul stones"; "haul nets" [syn: haul,
3: force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of
action; "They were swept up by the events"; "don't drag me
into this business" [syn: embroil, tangle, sweep, sweep
up, drag in]
4: move slowly and as if with great effort
5: to lag or linger behind; "But in so many other areas we
still are dragging" [syn: trail, get behind, hang
back, drop behind]
6: suck in or take (air); "draw a deep breath"; "draw on a
cigarette" [syn: puff, draw]
7: use a computer mouse to move icons on the screen and select
commands from a menu; "drag this icon to the lower right
hand corner of the screen"
8: walk without lifting the feet [syn: scuff]
9: search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something
valuable or lost [syn: dredge]
10: persuade to come away from something attractive or
interesting; "He dragged me away from the television set"
11: proceed for an extended period of time; "The speech dragged
on for two hours" [syn: drag on, drag out]
[also: dragging, dragged]