Definition for drawing (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), drew, drawn, draw·ing.
- to take or be dealt (a card or cards) from the pack.
- Bridge. to remove the outstanding cards in (a given suit) by leading that suit: He had to draw spades first in order to make the contract.
verb (used without object), drew, drawn, draw·ing.
- to act as an irritant; cause blisters.
- to cause blood, pus, or the like to gather at a specific point.
- to search a covert for game.
- to follow a game animal by its scent.
- a card or cards taken or dealt from the pack.
- draw poker.
- a small, natural drainageway with a shallow bed; gully.
- the dry bed of a stream.
- Chiefly Western U.S. a coulee; ravine.
- to gradually pass something moving in the same direction.
- Nautical. (of the wind) to blow from a direction closer to that in which a vessel is moving; haul forward.Compare veer1(def 2b).
- to move or begin to move away: He drew his hand away from the hot stove.
- to move farther ahead: The lead runner gradually drew away from his competitor.
- to cause to take part or enter, especially unwittingly: I heard them debating the point, but I avoided being drawn in.
- to make a rough sketch of: to draw in a person's figure against the landscape background.
- to come nearer; approach: He sensed winter drawing on.
- to clothe oneself in: She drew on her cape and gloves.
- Nautical. (of a vessel) to gain on (another vessel).
- to utilize or make use of, especially as a source: The biography has drawn heavily on personal interviews.
- to pull out; remove.
- to prolong; lengthen.
- to persuade to speak: You'll find she's quite interesting if you take the trouble to draw her out.
- Nautical. (of a vessel) to move away from (sometimes followed by from): The boat drew out from the wharf.
- to take (money) from a place of deposit: She drew her money out of the bank and invested it in bonds.
- to devise or formulate; draft, especially in legal form or as a formal proposal: to draw up a will.
- to put into position; arrange in order or formation: The officer drew up his men.
- to bring or come to a stop; halt: Their car drew up at the curb.
Origin of draw
Examples from the Web for drawing
Our animators are very excited to be drawing the innards of a human being.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Like drawing tattoos, sewing earmuffs, or fashioning model airplanes from old chip bags?How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’|Michael Howard|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
By drawing boundaries against wrongful conduct, law provides a protective zone of freedom within those boundaries.
Now, the recent actions of ISIS and Boko Haram are drawing attention to the role of human trafficking.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism|Louise I. Shelley|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A drawing of three skulls along with a message in English appeared on computer screens at the targeted firms.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel|Michael Daly|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is an example of drawing for process for rapid printing.The Art of Illustration|Henry Blackburn
In Figures 220 and 221 is a drawing of a connecting rod drawn, put together as it would be for the lathe, vise or erecting shop.Mechanical Drawing Self-Taught|Joshua Rose
He united with this kind of work the more unpleasant occupation of drawing the curiosities of disease or deformity in hospitals.Nonsense Books|Edward Lear
I will give you a drawing of it, and if you find it as I describe, you will know that my tale is true.A Dozen Ways Of Love|Lily Dougall
Now, we said, we will trace out the nest and make a drawing of it.Wasps|George W. Peckham
British Dictionary definitions for drawing (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for drawing (2 of 2)
verb draws, drawing, drew or drawn
Word Origin for draw
Word Origin and History for drawing (1 of 3)
c.1300, "a pulling," in various senses, verbal noun from draw (v.). The "picture-making" sense is from 1520s; of the picture itself from 1660s. Drawing board is from 1725; used in figurative expression from mid-20c.
Word Origin and History for drawing (1 of 3)
c.1200, spelling alteration of Old English dragan "to drag, to draw, protract" (class VI strong verb; past tense drog, past participle dragen), from Proto-Germanic *draganan "carry" (cf. Old Norse draga "to draw," Old Saxon dragan, Old Frisian draga, Middle Dutch draghen, Old High German tragen, German tragen "to carry, bear"), from PIE root *dhragh- (see drag (v.)).
Sense of "make a line or figure" (by "drawing" a pencil across paper) is c.1200. Meaning "pull out a weapon" is c.1200. To draw a criminal (drag him from a horse to place of execution) is from early 14c. To draw a blank "come up with nothing" (1825) is an image from lotteries. As a noun, from 1660s; colloquial sense of "anything that can draw a crowd" is from 1881 (the verb in this sense is 1580s).
Word Origin and History for drawing (2 of 3)
game or contest that ends without a winner, attested first in drawn match (1610s), of uncertain origin; some speculate it is from withdraw. Draw-game is from 1825. As a verb, "to leave undecided," from 1837.
Idioms and Phrases with drawing
In addition to the idioms beginning with draw
- draw a bead on
- draw a blank
- draw a line between
- draw and quarter
- draw an inference
- draw a veil over
- draw away
- draw back
- draw blood
- draw down
- draw fire
- draw in
- drawing board
- drawing card
- draw in one's horns
- draw in the reins
- draw on
- draw out
- draw straws
- draw the curtain
- draw the line at
- draw up
- back to the drawing board
- beat to it (the draw)
- daggers drawn
- luck of the draw
- quick on the draw