draw v. t. [imp. Drew p. p. Drawn p. pr. & vb. n. Drawing.]
1. To cause to move continuously by force applied in advance of the thing moved; to pull along; to haul; to drag; to cause to follow.
He cast him down to ground, and all along
Drew him through dirt and mire without remorse. --Spenser.
He hastened to draw the stranger into a private room. --Sir W. Scott.
Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? --James ii. 6.
The arrow is now drawn to the head. --Atterbury.
2. To influence to move or tend toward one's self; to exercise an attracting force upon; to call towards itself; to attract; hence, to entice; to allure; to induce.
Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and floods. --Shak.
All eyes you draw, and with the eyes the heart. --Dryden.
3. To cause to come out for one's use or benefit; to extract; to educe; to bring forth; as: (a) To bring or take out, or to let out, from some receptacle, as a stick or post from a hole, water from a cask or well, etc.
The drew out the staves of the ark. --2 Chron. v. 9.
Draw thee waters for the siege. --Nahum iii. 14.
I opened the tumor by the point of a lancet without drawing one drop of blood. --Wiseman.
(b) To pull from a sheath, as a sword.
I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them. --Ex. xv. 9.
(c) To extract; to force out; to elicit; to derive.
Spirits, by distillations, may be drawn out of vegetable juices, which shall flame and fume of themselves. --Cheyne.
Until you had drawn oaths from him. --Shak.
(d) To obtain from some cause or origin; to infer from evidence or reasons; to deduce from premises; to derive.
We do not draw the moral lessons we might from history. --Burke.
(e) To take or procure from a place of deposit; to call for and receive from a fund, or the like; as, to draw money from a bank. (f) To take from a box or wheel, as a lottery ticket; to receive from a lottery by the drawing out of the numbers for prizes or blanks; hence, to obtain by good fortune; to win; to gain; as, he drew a prize. (g) To select by the drawing of lots.
Provided magistracies were filled by men freely chosen or drawn. --Freeman.
4. To remove the contents of; as: (a) To drain by emptying; to suck dry.
Sucking and drawing the breast dischargeth the milk as fast as it can generated. --Wiseman.
(b) To extract the bowels of; to eviscerate; as, to draw a fowl; to hang, draw, and quarter a criminal.
In private draw your poultry, clean your tripe. --King.
5. To take into the lungs; to inhale; to inspire; hence, also, to utter or produce by an inhalation; to heave. “Where I first drew air.”
Drew, or seemed to draw, a dying groan. --Dryden.
6. To extend in length; to lengthen; to protract; to stretch; to extend, as a mass of metal into wire.
How long her face is drawn! --Shak.
And the huge Offa's dike which he drew from the mouth of Wye to that of Dee. --J. R. Green.
7. To run, extend, or produce, as a line on any surface; hence, also, to form by marking; to make by an instrument of delineation; to produce, as a sketch, figure, or picture.
8. To represent by lines drawn; to form a sketch or a picture of; to represent by a picture; to delineate; hence, to represent by words; to depict; to describe.
A flattering painter who made it his care
To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are. --Goldsmith.
Can I, untouched, the fair one's passions move,
Or thou draw beauty and not feel its power? --Prior.
9. To write in due form; to prepare a draught of; as, to draw a memorial, a deed, or bill of exchange.
Clerk, draw a deed of gift. --Shak.
10. To require (so great a depth, as of water) for floating; -- said of a vessel; to sink so deep in (water); as, a ship draws ten feet of water.
11. To withdraw. [Obs.]
Go wash thy face, and draw the action. --Shak.
12. To trace by scent; to track; -- a hunting term.
13. Games (a) Cricket To play (a short-length ball directed at the leg stump) with an inclined bat so as to deflect the ball between the legs and the wicket. (b) Golf To hit (the ball) with the toe of the club so that it is deflected toward the left. (c) Billiards To strike (the cue ball) below the center so as to give it a backward rotation which causes it to take a backward direction on striking another ball. (d) Curling To throw up (the stone) gently.
14. To leave (a contest) undecided; as, the battle or game was drawn. “Win, lose, or draw.”
Note: ☞ Draw, in most of its uses, retains some shade of its original sense, to pull, to move forward by the application of force in advance, or to extend in length, and usually expresses an action as gradual or continuous, and leisurely. We pour liquid quickly, but we draw it in a continued stream. We force compliance by threats, but we draw it by gradual prevalence. We may write a letter with haste, but we draw a bill with slow caution and regard to a precise form. We draw a bar of metal by continued beating.
To draw a bow, to bend the bow by drawing the string for discharging the arrow.
To draw a cover, to clear a cover of the game it contains.
To draw a curtain, to cause a curtain to slide or move, either closing or unclosing. “Night draws the curtain, which the sun withdraws.” --Herbert.
To draw a line, to fix a limit or boundary.
To draw back, to receive back, as duties on goods for exportation.
To draw breath, to breathe. --Shak.
To draw cuts or To draw lots. See under Cut, n.
To draw in. (a) To bring or pull in; to collect. (b) To entice; to inveigle.
To draw interest, to produce or gain interest.
To draw off, to withdraw; to abstract. --Addison.
To draw on, to bring on; to occasion; to cause. “War which either his negligence drew on, or his practices procured.” --Hayward.
To draw (one) out, to elicit cunningly the thoughts and feelings of another.
To draw out, to stretch or extend; to protract; to spread out. -- “Wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?” --Ps. lxxxv. 5. “Linked sweetness long drawn out.” --Milton.
To draw over, to cause to come over, to induce to leave one part or side for the opposite one.
To draw the longbow, to exaggerate; to tell preposterous tales.
To draw (one) to or To draw (one) on to (something), to move, to incite, to induce. “How many actions most ridiculous hast thou been drawn to by thy fantasy?” --Shak.
To draw up. (a) To compose in due form; to draught; to form in writing. (b) To arrange in order, as a body of troops; to array. “Drawn up in battle to receive the charge.”
Syn: -- To Draw, Drag.
Usage: Draw differs from drag in this, that drag implies a natural inaptitude for drawing, or positive resistance; it is applied to things pulled or hauled along the ground, or moved with toil or difficulty. Draw is applied to all bodies moved by force in advance, whatever may be the degree of force; it commonly implies that some kind of aptitude or provision exists for drawing. Draw is the more general or generic term, and drag the more specific. We say, the horses draw a coach or wagon, but they drag it through mire; yet draw is properly used in both cases.
1. The act of pulling, or attracting.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Textile Manuf. The process of pulling out and elongating the sliver from the carding machine, by revolving rollers, to prepare it for spinning.
5. The distribution of prizes and blanks in a lottery.
Note: ☞ Drawing is used adjectively or as the first part of compounds in the sense of pertaining to drawing, for drawing (in the sense of pulling, and of pictorial representation); as, drawing master or drawing-master, drawing knife or drawing-knife, drawing machine, drawing board, drawing paper, drawing pen, drawing pencil, etc.
A drawing of tea, a small portion of tea for steeping.
Drawing knife. See in the Vocabulary.
Drawing paper Fine Arts, a thick, sized paper for draughtsman and for water-color painting.
Drawing slate, a soft, slaty substance used in crayon drawing; -- called also black chalk, or drawing chalk.
Free-hand drawing, a style of drawing made without the use of guiding or measuring instruments, as distinguished from mechanical or geometrical drawing; also, a drawing thus executed.
n 1: an illustration that is drawn by hand and published in a
book or magazine; "it is shown by the drawing in Fig. 7"
2: a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means
of lines; "drawings of abstract forms"; "he did
complicated pen-and-ink drawings like medieval miniatures"
3: the creation of artistic drawings; "he learned drawing from
his father" [syn: draftsmanship, drafting]
4: players buy (or are given) chances and prizes are
distributed according to the drawing of lots [syn: lottery]
5: act of getting or draining something such as electricity or
a liquid from a source; "the drawing of water from the
well" [syn: drawing off]
6: the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling [syn: draft,