drawing

[ draw-ing ]
/ ˈdrɔ ɪŋ /

noun

the act of a person or thing that draws.
a graphic representation by lines of an object or idea, as with a pencil; a delineation of form without reference to color.
a sketch, plan, or design, especially one made with pen, pencil, or crayon.
the art or technique of making these.
something decided by drawing lots; lottery.
the selection, or time of selection, of the winning chance or chances sold by lottery or raffle.

Origin of drawing

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at draw, -ing1

Related forms

self-draw·ing, noun, adjective

Definition for drawing (2 of 2)

Origin of draw

before 900; Middle English drawen, Old English dragan; cognate with Old Norse draga to draw, German tragen to carry; cf. drag

Related forms

Synonym study

1. Draw, drag, haul, pull imply causing movement of an object toward one by exerting force upon it. To draw is to move by a force, in the direction from which the force is exerted: A magnet draws iron to it. To drag is to draw with the force necessary to overcome friction between the object drawn and the surface on which it rests: to drag a sled to the top of a hill. To haul is to transport a heavy object slowly by mechanical force or with sustained effort: to haul a large boat across a portage. To pull is to draw or tug, exerting varying amounts of force according to the effort needed: to pull out an eyelash; to pull fighting dogs apart.
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British Dictionary definitions for drawing (1 of 2)

drawing

/ (ˈdrɔːɪŋ) /

noun

a picture or plan made by means of lines on a surface, esp one made with a pencil or pen without the use of colour
a sketch, plan, or outline
the art of making drawings; draughtsmanship

British Dictionary definitions for drawing (2 of 2)

draw

/ (drɔː) /

verb draws, drawing, drew or drawn


noun

Derived Forms

drawable, adjective

Word Origin for draw

Old English dragan; related to Old Norse draga; Old Frisian draga, Old Saxon dragan, Old High German tragan to carry
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Idioms and Phrases with drawing

draw

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

also see:

  • back to the drawing board
  • beat to it (the draw)
  • daggers drawn
  • luck of the draw
  • quick on the draw

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