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v. drew, drawn, draw•ing,
1. to cause to move in a particular direction by or as if by a pulling force; pull; drag (often fol. by along, away, in, out, or off).
2. to pull down or over so as to cover, or to pull up or aside so as to uncover: Draw the curtain. He drew the blanket over him.
3. to bring, take, or pull out, as from a receptacle or source: to draw water from a well; to draw blood from a vein.
4. to bring toward oneself or itself, as by inherent force; attract: The sale drew large crowds.
5. to sketch, render, or trace (figures or objects), as with lines or tones: to draw a vase with charcoal.
6. to compose or create (a picture) with lines, tones, or color.
7. to depict or delineate, as with words: to draw a character with skill and humor.
8. to mark or lay out; trace: to draw perpendicular lines.
9. to frame or formulate: to draw a distinction.
10. to write out in legal form (sometimes fol. by up): Draw up the contract.
11. to inhale or suck in: to draw liquid through a straw.
12. to derive or use: to draw strength from prayer.
13. to deduce; infer: to draw a conclusion.
14. to get, take, or receive: to draw a salary of $600 a week.
15. to withdraw (funds) from an account.
16. to write (a check) so as to take money from an account (often fol. by on or against).
17. to produce; bring in: The deposits draw interest.
18. to disembowel: to draw a turkey.
19. to pull out to full or greater length; stretch: to draw filaments of molten glass.
20. to bend by pulling back the string in preparation for shooting an arrow: to draw a bow.
a. to choose or have assigned to one by or as if by lottery: to draw kitchen duty.
b. to pick unseen or at random, as from among marked slips of paper or numbered tickets: to draw straws to see who wins.
22. Metalworking. to form or reduce the sectional area of (a wire, tube, etc.) by pulling through a die.
23. to wrinkle or shrink by contraction.
24. Med. to cause to discharge: to draw an abscess by a poultice.
25. (of a vessel) to need (a specific depth of water) to float.
26. to finish (a contest) with neither side winning; tie.
a. to take or be dealt (a playing card or cards) from the pack.
b. (in bridge) to remove the outstanding cards in (a suit) by leading.
28. (in billiards) to cause (a cue ball) to recoil after impact by administering a backward spin on the stroke.
29. to steep (tea) in boiling water.v.i.
30. to exert a pulling, moving, or attracting force.
31. to move or pass, esp. slowly or continuously, as under a pulling force: The day draws near.
32. to take out a sword, pistol, etc., for action.
33. to hold a drawing, lottery, or the like: to draw for prizes.
34. to sketch or to trace figures; create a picture or depict an image by drawing.
35. to be skilled in or practice the art of drawing.
36. to shrink or contract (often fol. by up).
37. to make a demand (usu. fol. by on or upon): to draw on one's imagination.
a. to act as an irritant; cause blisters.
b. to cause blood, pus, or the like to gather at a specific point.
39. to produce or permit a draft, as a flue.
40. to leave a contest undecided; tie.
41. to attract customers, an audience, etc.
42. to pull back the string of a bow in preparation for shooting an arrow.
43. draw away,
a. to move away.
b. to move farther ahead: One runner drew away from the pack.
44. draw in,
a. to cause to take part or enter, esp. unwittingly: This is your fight; don't draw me in.
b. to make a sketch or drawing of: to draw in a human figure against the landscape.
45. draw off, to move back or away.
46. draw on,
a. to come nearer; approach: Winter was drawing on.
b. to clothe oneself in: to draw on one's gloves.
c. to utilize or make use of, esp. as a source: The article draws heavily on gossip.
47. draw out,
a. to pull out; remove.
b. to prolong.
c. to persuade to speak.
d. to take (money) from a place of deposit.
48. draw up,n.
a. to draft, esp. in legal form or as a formal proposal.
b. to put into position; arrange in order or formation.
c. to bring or come to a stop; halt: The bus drew up at the curb.
49. an act of drawing.
50. something that attracts customers, an audience, etc.
51. something that is moved by being drawn, as the movable part of a drawbridge.
52. something that is chosen or drawn at random, as a lot or chance.
54. a contest that ends in a tie.
55. Also called draw play. a football play in which the quarterback fades as if to pass and then hands the ball to a back who is running toward the line of scrimmage.
a. draw poker.
b. (in poker) a card or cards taken or dealt from the pack.
a. a small, natural drainageway with a shallow bed; gully.
b. the dry bed of a stream.
c. Chiefly Western U.S. a coulee; ravine.
58. the pull necessary to draw a bow to its full extent.Idioms:
1. beat to the draw, to react more quickly than (an opponent).
2. draw oneself up, to assume an erect posture.
[before 900; Old English dragan; c. Old Norse draga to draw, Old High German tragan to carry; compare drag]
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|Noun||1.||draw play - (American football) the quarterback moves back as if to pass and then hands the ball to the fullback who is running toward the line of scrimmage|
American football, American football game - a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays
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