- the change in sectional area of a piece of work caused by a rolling or drawing operation.
- a taper on a die or punch permitting it to be withdrawn readily from the work.
- the degree of attenuation produced in fibers during yarn processing, expressed either by the ratio of the weight of raw to the weight of processed fiber, or by the ratio between the varying surface speeds of the rollers on the carding machine.
- the act of attenuating the fibers.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of draft
Related Words for draftblueprint, version, outline, bill, selection, lottery, prepare, devise, design, forge, press, choose, recruit, abstract, delineation, debenture, coupon, IOU, receipt, warrant
Examples from the Web for draft
Contemporary Examples of draft
But if that is the low bar for defining a war, then I hope the draft is reinstated.Why I’m for the War on Christmas
December 23, 2014
Draft Day, his Ivan Reitman-directed film about the NFL draft, grossed just $28 million at the domestic box office.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More
December 19, 2014
To some, this means being able to draft an email while booking a flight.Renaissance Man Jared Leto Defies Categorization
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
Cervecerías Barú resolved problems with their draft system that prohibited them from selling on tap for almost seven years.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
Both wanted the president to take the lead on offering a draft war authorization.The Pentagon Is Officially Clueless About the ISIS War
November 13, 2014
Historical Examples of draft
When you kill off all your present army, you must git up a draft.
In the first draft of his will Shakespeare did not mention his wife.The Man Shakespeare
We left it slightly ajar to create a draft; the night was warm.Her Father's Daughter
He puzzles and puzzles, and asks me did I bring the draft, and was that your writing at the bottom of it?Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
One of the Julias went in this draft, but all the rest of us were kept at Halifax.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- to select (cattle or sheep) from a herd or flock
- to select (farm stock) for sale
Word Origin for draft
c.1500, spelling variant of draught (q.v.) to reflect change in pronunciation. Among the senses that have gone with this form of the word in American English, the meaning "rough copy of a writing" (something "drawn") is attested from 14c.; that of "preliminary sketch from which a final copy is made" is from 1520s; that of "flow of a current of air" is from c.1770. Of beer from the 1830s, in reference to the method of "drawing" it from the cask. Sense in bank draft is from 1745. The meaning "a drawing off a group for special duty" is from 1703, in U.S. especially of military service; the verb in this sense first recorded 1714. Related: Drafted; drafting.
A preliminary version of a book, speech, essay, or outline.
A system for selecting young men for compulsory military service, administered in the United States by the Selective Service System. At present the United States relies on a volunteer military and does not have a draft, though young men are required by law to register with the Selective Service. (See also conscientious objector and draft dodger.)