- of or relating to the stem of a drinking glass that has been formed by stretching from a small mass of molten metal left at the base of the bowl of the vessel.
- of or relating to glass that is drawn over a series of rollers as it comes from the furnace.
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
Synonyms for draw
Related Words for drawnpeaked, tired, strained, worn, thin, pinched, sapped, harassed, harrowed, stressed, fraught, haggard, taut
Examples from the Web for drawn
Contemporary Examples of drawn
I was drawn to The Class for different reasons—chiefly, the pipe dream of achieving a tighter and tauter backside.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
She has had clients from all over the world, including Ireland and India, who are drawn to her via word of mouth and her website.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
It happened and it was a group of maybe 200 in a movement that has drawn tens of thousands in New York alone.The Monsters Who Screamed for Dead Cops
December 23, 2014
Along with crowds, Cereal Killer has also drawn polarizing responses from the public and the media.Cereal Cafe’s Big Bowl of Hate
December 14, 2014
Which is why he may be worried now about an issue that has drawn little attention outside the country.Putin’s Health Care Disaster
November 30, 2014
Historical Examples of drawn
Ben had drawn off his boots, and was firing them one after the other at the door.Brave and Bold
In the beginning, a star, when drawn with a nail into a brick looked as follows.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Everybody was drawn to her, yet not a soul took any comfort in her.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Then he ran his hands over the straps; they were drawn taut.
And before the trapper could make a protest he had drawn back into the horse shed.
verb draws, drawing, drew or drawn
Word Origin for draw
c.1200, from Old English dragen, past participle of draw (v.).
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).
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.
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