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draw draw (dr[add]), v. t. [imp. {Drew} (dr[udd]); p. p.
	     {Drawn} (dr[add]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Drawing}.] [OE.
	     dra[yogh]en, drahen, draien, drawen, AS. dragan; akin to
	     Icel. & Sw. draga, Dan. drage to draw, carry, and prob. to
	     OS. dragan to bear, carry, D. dragen, G. tragen, Goth.
	     dragan; cf. Skr. dhraj to move along, glide; and perh. akin
	     to Skr. dhar to hold, bear. [root]73. Cf. 2d {Drag}, {Dray} a
	     cart, 1st {Dredge}.]
	     1. To cause to move continuously by force applied in advance
	        of the thing moved; to pull along; to haul; to drag; to
	        cause to follow.
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	              He cast him down to ground, and all along
	              Drew him through dirt and mire without remorse.
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	              He hastened to draw the stranger into a private
	              room.                                 --Sir W.
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	              Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the
	              judgment seats?                       --James ii. 6.
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	              The arrow is now drawn to the head.   --Atterbury.
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	     2. To influence to move or tend toward one's self; to
	        exercise an attracting force upon; to call towards itself;
	        to attract; hence, to entice; to allure; to induce.
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	              The poet
	              Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and
	              floods.                               --Shak.
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	              All eyes you draw, and with the eyes the heart.
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	     3. To cause to come out for one's use or benefit; to extract;
	        to educe; to bring forth; as:
	        (a) To bring or take out, or to let out, from some
	            receptacle, as a stick or post from a hole, water from
	            a cask or well, etc.
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	                  The drew out the staves of the ark. --2 Chron.
	                                                    v. 9.
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	                  Draw thee waters for the siege.   --Nahum iii.
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	                  I opened the tumor by the point of a lancet
	                  without drawing one drop of blood. --Wiseman.
	        (b) To pull from a sheath, as a sword.
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	                  I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy
	                  them.                             --Ex. xv. 9.
	        (c) To extract; to force out; to elicit; to derive.
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	                  Spirits, by distillations, may be drawn out of
	                  vegetable juices, which shall flame and fume of
	                  themselves.                       --Cheyne.
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	                  Until you had drawn oaths from him. --Shak.
	        (d) To obtain from some cause or origin; to infer from
	            evidence or reasons; to deduce from premises; to
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	                  We do not draw the moral lessons we might from
	                  history.                          --Burke.
	        (e) To take or procure from a place of deposit; to call
	            for and receive from a fund, or the like; as, to draw
	            money from a bank.
	        (f) To take from a box or wheel, as a lottery ticket; to
	            receive from a lottery by the drawing out of the
	            numbers for prizes or blanks; hence, to obtain by good
	            fortune; to win; to gain; as, he drew a prize.
	        (g) To select by the drawing of lots.
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	                  Provided magistracies were filled by men freely
	                  chosen or drawn.                  --Freeman.
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	     4. To remove the contents of; as:
	        (a) To drain by emptying; to suck dry.
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	                  Sucking and drawing the breast dischargeth the
	                  milk as fast as it can generated. --Wiseman.
	        (b) To extract the bowels of; to eviscerate; as, to draw a
	            fowl; to hang, draw, and quarter a criminal.
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	                  In private draw your poultry, clean your tripe.
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	     5. To take into the lungs; to inhale; to inspire; hence,
	        also, to utter or produce by an inhalation; to heave.
	        ``Where I first drew air.'' --Milton.
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	              Drew, or seemed to draw, a dying groan. --Dryden.
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	     6. To extend in length; to lengthen; to protract; to stretch;
	        to extend, as a mass of metal into wire.
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	              How long her face is drawn!           --Shak.
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	              And the huge Offa's dike which he drew from the
	              mouth of Wye to that of Dee.          --J. R. Green.
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	     7. To run, extend, or produce, as a line on any surface;
	        hence, also, to form by marking; to make by an instrument
	        of delineation; to produce, as a sketch, figure, or
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	     8. To represent by lines drawn; to form a sketch or a picture
	        of; to represent by a picture; to delineate; hence, to
	        represent by words; to depict; to describe.
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	              A flattering painter who made it his care
	              To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are.
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	              Can I, untouched, the fair one's passions move,
	              Or thou draw beauty and not feel its power? --Prior.
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	     9. To write in due form; to prepare a draught of; as, to draw
	        a memorial, a deed, or bill of exchange.
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	              Clerk, draw a deed of gift.           --Shak.
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	     10. To require (so great a depth, as of water) for floating;
	         -- said of a vessel; to sink so deep in (water); as, a
	         ship draws ten feet of water.
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	     11. To withdraw. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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	               Go wash thy face, and draw the action. --Shak.
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	     12. To trace by scent; to track; -- a hunting term.
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	     13. (Games)
	         (a) (Cricket) To play (a short-length ball directed at
	             the leg stump) with an inclined bat so as to deflect
	             the ball between the legs and the wicket.
	         (b) (Golf) To hit (the ball) with the toe of the club so
	             that it is deflected toward the left.
	         (c) (Billiards) To strike (the cue ball) below the center
	             so as to give it a backward rotation which causes it
	             to take a backward direction on striking another
	         (d) (Curling) To throw up (the stone) gently.
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	     14. To leave (a contest) undecided; as, the battle or game
	         was drawn. ``Win, lose, or draw.''
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	     Note: Draw, in most of its uses, retains some shade of its
	           original sense, to pull, to move forward by the
	           application of force in advance, or to extend in
	           length, and usually expresses an action as gradual or
	           continuous, and leisurely. We pour liquid quickly, but
	           we draw it in a continued stream. We force compliance
	           by threats, but we draw it by gradual prevalence. We
	           may write a letter with haste, but we draw a bill with
	           slow caution and regard to a precise form. We draw a
	           bar of metal by continued beating.
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	     {To draw a bow}, to bend the bow by drawing the string for
	        discharging the arrow.
	     {To draw a cover}, to clear a cover of the game it contains.
	     {To draw a curtain}, to cause a curtain to slide or move,
	        either closing or unclosing. ``Night draws the curtain,
	        which the sun withdraws.'' --Herbert.
	     {To draw a line}, to fix a limit or boundary.
	     {To draw back}, to receive back, as duties on goods for
	     {To draw breath}, to breathe. --Shak.
	     {To draw cuts} or {To draw lots}. See under {Cut}, n.
	     {To draw in}.
	         (a) To bring or pull in; to collect.
	         (b) To entice; to inveigle.
	     {To draw interest}, to produce or gain interest.
	     {To draw off}, to withdraw; to abstract. --Addison.
	     {To draw on}, to bring on; to occasion; to cause. ``War which
	        either his negligence drew on, or his practices
	        procured.'' --Hayward.
	     {To draw (one) out}, to elicit cunningly the thoughts and
	        feelings of another.
	     {To draw out}, to stretch or extend; to protract; to spread
	        out. -- ``Wilt thou draw out thine anger to all
	        generations?'' --Ps. lxxxv. 5. ``Linked sweetness long
	        drawn out.'' --Milton.
	     {To draw over}, to cause to come over, to induce to leave one
	        part or side for the opposite one.
	     {To draw the longbow}, to exaggerate; to tell preposterous
	     {To draw (one) to} or {To draw (one) on to} (something), to
	        move, to incite, to induce. ``How many actions most
	        ridiculous hast thou been drawn to by thy fantasy?''
	     {To draw up}.
	         (a) To compose in due form; to draught; to form in
	         (b) To arrange in order, as a body of troops; to array.
	             ``Drawn up in battle to receive the charge.''
	     Syn: To {Draw}, {Drag}.
	     Usage: Draw differs from drag in this, that drag implies a
	            natural inaptitude for drawing, or positive
	            resistance; it is applied to things pulled or hauled
	            along the ground, or moved with toil or difficulty.
	            Draw is applied to all bodies moved by force in
	            advance, whatever may be the degree of force; it
	            commonly implies that some kind of aptitude or
	            provision exists for drawing. Draw is the more general
	            or generic term, and drag the more specific. We say,
	            the horses draw a coach or wagon, but they drag it
	            through mire; yet draw is properly used in both cases.
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	  Drawing Draw"ing, n.
	     1. The act of pulling, or attracting.
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	     2. The act or the art of representing any object by means of
	        lines and shades; especially, such a representation when
	        in one color, or in tints used not to represent the colors
	        of natural objects, but for effect only, and produced with
	        hard material such as pencil, chalk, etc.; delineation;
	        also, the figure or representation drawn.
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	     3. The process of stretching or spreading metals as by
	        hammering, or, as in forming wire from rods or tubes and
	        cups from sheet metal, by pulling them through dies.
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	     4. (Textile Manuf.) The process of pulling out and elongating
	        the sliver from the carding machine, by revolving rollers,
	        to prepare it for spinning.
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	     5. The distribution of prizes and blanks in a lottery.
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	     Note: Drawing is used adjectively or as the first part of
	           compounds in the sense of pertaining to drawing, for
	           drawing (in the sense of pulling, and of pictorial
	           representation); as, drawing master or drawing-master,
	           drawing knife or drawing-knife, drawing machine,
	           drawing board, drawing paper, drawing pen, drawing
	           pencil, etc.
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	     {A drawing of tea}, a small portion of tea for steeping.
	     {Drawing knife}. See in the {Vocabulary}.
	     {Drawing paper} (Fine Arts), a thick, sized paper for
	        draughtsman and for water-color painting.
	     {Drawing slate}, a soft, slaty substance used in crayon
	        drawing; -- called also {black chalk}, or {drawing chalk}.
	     {Free-hand drawing}, a style of drawing made without the use
	        of guiding or measuring instruments, as distinguished from
	        mechanical or geometrical drawing; also, a drawing thus
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