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Dictionary Definition



1 a gully that is shallower than a ravine
2 an entertainer who attracts large audiences; "he was the biggest drawing card they had" [syn: drawing card, attraction, attractor, attracter]
3 the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided; "the game ended in a draw"; "their record was 3 wins, 6 losses and a tie" [syn: standoff, tie]
4 anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random; "the luck of the draw"; "they drew lots for it" [syn: lot]
5 a playing card or cards dealt or taken from the pack; "he got a pair of kings in the draw"
6 a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer; "he tooks lessons to cure his hooking" [syn: hook, hooking]
7 (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 [syn: draw play]
8 poker in which a player can discard cards and receive substitutes from the dealer; "he played only draw and stud" [syn: draw poker]
9 the act of drawing or hauling something; "the haul up the hill went very slowly" [syn: haul, haulage]


1 cause to move along the ground by pulling; "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled" [syn: pull, force] [ant: push]
2 get or derive; "He drew great benefits from his membership in the association" [syn: reap]
3 make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand" [syn: trace, line, describe, delineate]
4 make, formulate, or derive in the mind; "I draw a line here"; "draw a conclusion"; "draw parallels"; "make an estimate"; "What do you make of his remarks?" [syn: make]
5 bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover; "draw a weapon"; "pull out a gun"; "The mugger pulled a knife on his victim" [syn: pull, pull out, get out, take out]
6 represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface; "She drew an elephant"; "Draw me a horse"
7 take liquid out of a container or well; "She drew water from the barrel" [syn: take out]
8 give a description of; "He drew an elaborate plan of attack" [syn: describe, depict]
9 select or take in from a given group or region; "The participants in the experiment were drawn from a representative population"
10 elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc.; "The President's comments drew sharp criticism from the Republicans"; "The comedian drew a lot of laughter"
11 suck in or take (air); "draw a deep breath"; "draw on a cigarette" [syn: puff, drag]
12 move or go steadily or gradually; "The ship drew near the shore"
13 remove (a commodity) from (a supply source); "She drew $2,000 from the account"; "The doctors drew medical supplies from the hospital's emergency bank" [syn: withdraw, take out, draw off] [ant: deposit]
14 choose at random; "draw a card"; "cast lots" [syn: cast]
15 in baseball: earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher; "He drew a base on balls" [syn: get]
16 bring or lead someone to a certain action or condition; "She was drawn to despair"; "The President refused to be drawn into delivering an ultimatum"; "The session was drawn to a close"
17 cause to flow; "The nurse drew blood"
18 write a legal document or paper; "The deed was drawn in the lawyer's office"
19 engage in drawing; "He spent the day drawing in the garden"
20 move or pull so as to cover or uncover something; "draw the shades"; "draw the curtains"
21 allow a draft; "This chimney draws very well"
22 require a specified depth for floating; "This boat draws 70 inches"
23 pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him; "in the old days, people were drawn and quartered for certain crimes" [syn: quarter, draw and quarter]
24 take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words" [syn: absorb, suck, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, take in, take up]
25 direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes; "Her good looks attract the stares of many men"; "The ad pulled in many potential customers"; "This pianist pulls huge crowds"; "The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers" [syn: attract, pull, pull in, draw in] [ant: repel]
26 thread on or as if on a string; "string pearls on a string"; "the child drew glass beads on a string"; "thread dried cranberries" [syn: string, thread]
27 pull back the sling of (a bow); "The archers were drawing their bows" [syn: pull back]
28 guide or pass over something; "He ran his eyes over her body"; "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"; "He drew her hair through his fingers" [syn: guide, run, pass]
29 finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.; "The teams drew a tie" [syn: tie]
30 contract; "The material drew after it was washed in hot water"
31 reduce the diameter of (a wire or metal rod) by pulling it through a die; "draw wire"
32 steep; pass through a strainer; "draw pulp from the fruit"
33 remove the entrails of; "draw a chicken" [syn: disembowel, eviscerate]
34 flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching; "draw steel"
35 cause to localize at one point; "Draw blood and pus" [also: drew, drawn]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /'dɻɑʊ/, /dɹɔə/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː


Old English draġan


  1. To sketch; depict with lines; to produce a picture with pencil, crayon, chalk, etc. on paper, cardboard, etc.
  2. To drag, pull.
  3. To pull out (as a gun from a holster, or a tooth).
  4. To attract.
    The citizens were afraid the casino would draw an undesirable element to their town.
    I was drawn to her.
  5. To deduce or infer.
    He tried to draw a conclusion from the facts.
  6. (usually as draw on or draw upon): to rely on; utilize as a source.
    She had to draw upon her experience to solve the problem
  7. To disembowel.
    He will be hanged, drawn and quartered.
  8. In the context of "archery": To pull back the arrow in preparation for shooting.
  9. (of curtains, etc.) To close.
    You should draw the curtains at night.
  10. (of drinks, especially tea) To leave temporarily so as to allow the flavour to increase.
    Tea is much nicer if you let it draw for three minutes before pouring.
  11. To end a game in a draw (with neither side winning).
    Both these teams will draw if nobody scores soon.
  12. To consume, as energy.
    The circuit draws three hundred watts.
  13. To determine the result of a lottery.
  14. To trade in cards for replacements in draw poker games; to attempt to improve one's hand with future cards. See also draw out.
    Jill only has four cards of the same suit, she's drawing to the flush.
to produce a picture
  • Arabic: (rásama)
  • Czech: kreslit
  • Dutch: tekenen
  • Esperanto: desegni
  • Ewe: ta
  • Finnish: piirtää
  • French: dessiner
  • German: zeichnen
  • Greek: σχεδιάζω (schediázo), ζωγραφίζω (zografízo)
  • Ido: desegnar
  • Indonesian: lukis
  • Italian: disegnare
  • Japanese: 描く (かく, kaku, えがく, egaku)
  • Korean: 그리다 (geurida)
  • Norwegian: tegne
  • Persian:
  • Polish: rysować
  • Portuguese: desenhar
  • Russian: рисовать (risovát’)
  • Spanish: dibujar
  • Swedish: rita, teckna
to pull out
  • Czech: tasit i of a sword
  • Dutch: trekken
  • Esperanto: eltiri
  • Finnish: vetää
  • French: dégainer
  • German: ziehen
  • Indonesian: tarik
  • Italian: estrarre
  • Korean: 뽑다 (ppopda)
  • Polish: wyciągać
  • Spanish: desenvainar
  • Swedish: dra
to rely on
  • French: tirer
  • German: ziehen
  • Indonesian: tarik, undi
  • Italian: affidarsi
  • Korean: 따르다 (ttareuda)
  • Polish: polegać
  • Spanish: confiar
  • Swedish: lita på
to determine the result of a lottery
to end a game with neither side winning
  • Dutch: gelijkspelen
  • Esperanto: egalvenki
  • Italian: pareggiare
  • Korean: 비기다 (bigida)
  • Polish: remisować
  • Spanish: empatar
to deduce or infer
to attract
  • Dutch: aantrekken
  • Esperanto: allogi, altiri
  • Korean: 끌다 (kkeulda)
  • Polish: zasuwać
  • Swedish: dra, attrahera
to close


  1. The result of a game in which neither side has won; a tie.
    The game ended a draw.
  2. The procedure by which the result of a lottery is determined.
    The draw is on Saturday.
  3. The result of a two-innings match in which at least one side did not complete all their innings before time ran out. Different from a tie.
  4. A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves intentionally to the left. See hook,slice,fade
  5. A shot that lands in play without hitting another stone out, as opposed to a takeout shot.
  6. A dry stream bed that drains surface water only during periods of heavy rain or flooding.
  7. cannabis.
  8. In a commission-based job, an advance on future (potential) commissions given to an employee by the employer.
  9. A hand which is unlikely the best hand, but which has a chance to become one with future card
    Jill has four cards of the same suit, she has a draw to the flush.


* 1918, Willa Cather, My Antonia, Mirado Modern Classics, paperback edition, page 15
  • The garden, curiously enough, was a quarter of a mile from the house, and the way to it led up a shadow draw past the cattle corral.


a tie
  • Dutch: gelijkspel
  • Esperanto: egalvenko
  • Finnish: tasapeli
  • French: égalité, match nul
  • German: Unentschieden , Remis
  • Italian: pareggio
  • Polish: remis
  • Romanian: egalitate
  • Swedish: oavgjort (adjective), remi (in chess)
The procedure by which the result of a lottery is determined


Extensive Definition

To draw, as in the act of drawing, is one way of making an image by making marks on a specific place with a writing utensil.
Draw may also refer to:
  • Draw (creek)
  • Draw (tie), a result in competitions where there is either no winner or multiple winners
  • Slang term for cannabis (drug)
  • Draw (chess), one of the possible outcomes of a chess game (a tie)
  • Draw poker, the general name for any poker variant in which each player is dealt a complete hand before the first betting round, and then develops the hand for later rounds by replacing cards.
''See also Draw (poker)
  • Draw play, a type of American football play that "tricks" the defense into thinking a pass is being thrown, when in fact a running play has been called
  • Draw, a type of golf shot where the ball curves slightly from right to left for right handers, and vice versa for left handers
  • Draw (album), by Matthew Jay
  • Draw, the schedule of fixtures in a sports league
  • Draw, a vector graphics editor

See also

draw in German: draw
draw in Japanese: ドロー

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