- 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- a taper on a die or punch permitting it to be withdrawn readily from the work.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)
- draft animal,
- draft beer,
- draft board,
- draft chair,
- draft dodger
Origin of draft
Examples from the Web for draft
But if that is the low bar for defining a war, then I hope the draft is reinstated.
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|Kevin Fallon|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To some, this means being able to draft an email while booking a flight.
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|Jeff Campagna|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Both wanted the president to take the lead on offering a draft war authorization.The Pentagon Is Officially Clueless About the ISIS War|Tim Mak|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She had written sweethearts at the first draft, but the word looked wrong somehow in a letter that was meant to be discouraging.Rich Relatives|Compton Mackenzie
The committee of detail, in preparing the first draft of the Constitution, merely adopted the naked declaration of the articles.
The draft bill was referred to a committee of the legislature, which went thoroughly into its merits.The History of the Post Office in British North America|William Smith
Gooding said he felt a draft, and sat on the foot of the cot.Sunny Slopes|Ethel Hueston
The Castoga had been ordered to proceed at full speed, she being the nearest craft of a draft light enough to ascend the river.Dave Darrin on the Asiatic Station|H. Irving Hancock
- 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.)