dragging

[ drag-ing ]
/ ˈdræg ɪŋ /

adjective

extremely tired or slow, as in movement; lethargic; sluggish: He was annoyed by their dragging way of walking and talking.
used in dragging, hoisting, etc.: dragging ropes.

Origin of dragging

First recorded in 1765–75; drag + -ing2

Related forms

drag·ging·ly, adverb

Definition for dragging (2 of 2)

Origin of drag

1350–1400; 1920–25 for def 18; Middle English; both noun and v. probably < Middle Low German dragge grapnel, draggen to dredge, derivative of drag- draw; defs 29, 30, 38 obscurely related to other senses and perhaps a distinct word of independent orig.

Related forms

out·drag, verb (used with object), out·dragged, out·drag·ging.

Synonym study

1. See draw.
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British Dictionary definitions for dragging (1 of 2)

dragging

/ (ˈdræɡɪŋ) /

noun

a decorating technique in which paint is applied with a specially modified brush to create a marbled or grainy effect

British Dictionary definitions for dragging (2 of 2)

drag

/ (dræɡ) /

verb drags, dragging or dragged


noun

Word Origin for drag

Old English dragan to draw; related to Swedish dragga
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Science definitions for dragging

drag

[ drăg ]

A force acting on a moving body, opposite in direction to the movement of the body, caused by the interaction of the body and the medium it moves through. The strength of drag usually depends on the velocity of the body.♦ Drag caused by buildup of pressure in front of the moving body and a decrease in pressure behind the body is called pressure drag. It is an important factor in the design of aerodynamically efficient shapes for cars and airplanes.♦ Drag caused by the viscosity of the medium as the molecules along the body's surface move through it is called skin drag or skin friction. It is an important factor in the design of efficient surface materials for cars, airplanes, boat hulls, skis, and swimsuits. Compare lift. See Note at aerodynamics.

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Idioms and Phrases with dragging

drag

In addition to the idioms beginning with drag

  • drag in
  • drag on
  • drag one's ass
  • drag one's feet
  • drag queen

also see:

  • a drag
  • in drag
  • look like something the cat dragged in
  • main drag
  • wild horses wouldn't drag me

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