Definition of draw

Pronunciation: drạ
v. t.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.
[imp. Drew (drų); p. p. Drawn (drạn); p. pr. & vb. n. Drawing.]
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.
The poet
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.
4.To pull from a sheath, as a sword.
I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.
- Ex. xv. 9.
4.To remove the contents of
Sucking and drawing the breast dischargeth the milk as fast as it can generated.
- Wiseman.
5.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.
5.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.
Drew, or seemed to draw, a dying groan.
- Dryden.
6.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.
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 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.
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.
Go wash thy face, and draw the action.
- Shak.
12.To trace by scent; to track; - a hunting term.
13.(Games) 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.
14.To leave (a contest) undecided; as, the battle or game was drawn.
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.
To draw a line
to fix a limit or boundary.
- Herbert.
To draw back
to receive back, as duties on goods for exportation.
To draw breath
to breathe.
To draw cuts
See under Cut, n.
- Shak.
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.
To draw on
to bring on; to occasion; to cause.
- Addison.
To draw (one) out
to elicit cunningly the thoughts and feelings of another.
- Hayward.
To draw out
to stretch or extend; to protract; to spread out.
To draw over
to cause to come over, to induce to leave one part or side for the opposite one.
- Ps. lxxxv. 5.
To draw the longbow
to exaggerate; to tell preposterous tales.
To draw (one) to
to move, to incite, to induce.
To draw up
a - To compose in due form; to draught; to form in writing.
- Shak.
b - To arrange in order, as a body of troops; to array.
- Dryden.
v. i.1.To pull; to exert strength in drawing anything; to have force to move anything by pulling; as, a horse draws well; the sails of a ship draw well.
2.To draw a liquid from some receptacle, as water from a well.
The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep.
- John iv. 11.
3.To exert an attractive force; to act as an inducement or enticement.
Keep a watch upon the particular bias of their minds, that it may not draw too much.
- Addison.
4.(Med.) To have efficiency as an epispastic; to act as a sinapism; - said of a blister, poultice, etc.
5.To have draught, as a chimney, flue, or the like; to furnish transmission to smoke, gases, etc.
6.To unsheathe a weapon, especially a sword.
So soon as ever thou seest him, draw; and as thou drawest, swear horrible.
- Shak.
7.To perform the act, or practice the art, of delineation; to sketch; to form figures or pictures.
8.To become contracted; to shrink.
9.To move; to come or go; literally, to draw one's self; - with prepositions and adverbs; as, to draw away, to move off, esp. in racing, to get in front; to obtain the lead or increase it; to draw back, to retreat; to draw level, to move up even (with another); to come up to or overtake another; to draw off, to retire or retreat; to draw on, to advance; to draw up, to form in array; to draw near, draw nigh, or draw towards, to approach; to draw together, to come together, to collect.
10.To make a draft or written demand for payment of money deposited or due; - usually with on or upon.
You may draw on me for the expenses of your journey.
- Jay.
11.To admit the action of pulling or dragging; to undergo draught; as, a carriage draws easily.
12.To sink in water; to require a depth for floating.
To draw to a head
a - (Med.) To begin to suppurate; to ripen, as a boil.
b - To ripen, to approach the time for action; as, the plot draws to a head.
n.1.The act of drawing; draught.
2.A lot or chance to be drawn.
3.the act of drawing a lot or chance.
3.A drawn game or battle, etc; a tied game; a tie.
4.That part of a bridge which may be raised, swung round, or drawn aside; the movable part of a drawbridge. See the Note under Drawbridge.
5.The result of drawing, or state of being drawn;
6.That which is drawn or is subject to drawing.

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