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draft

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noun \ˈdraft, ˈdräft\

Definition of draft

  1. 1 fishing a :  the act of drawing or pulling in a netb :  haul 2b a draft of fish

  2. 2a :  the act or an instance of drinking or inhaling a last draft on her cigarette; also :  the portion drunk or inhaled in one such actb :  a portion poured out or mixed for drinking :  dose

  3. 3 mechanical engineering a :  the force required to pull a plow or other implementb :  load or load-pulling capacity the draft of a typical draft horse

  4. 4a :  the act of moving loads by drawing or pulling :  pullb :  a team of animals together with what they draw

  5. 5a :  delineation, representation a draft for a future skyscraperb :  scheme, designc :  a preliminary sketch, outline, or version the author's first draft a draft treaty

  6. 6 :  the act, result, or plan of lengthening or stretching something (such as threads or metal)

  7. 7a :  the act of causing a liquid to come out of a container or source :  the act of drawing (as from a cask or keg)b :  a portion of liquid so drawn a draft of alec :  draft (see 2draft 2) beer a glass of draft

  8. 8 nautical :  the depth of water a ship draws (see 1draw transitive 6) especially when loaded

  9. 9a (1) :  a system for or act of selecting individuals from a group (as for compulsory military service) debating whether or not to institute a draft (2) :  an act or process of selecting an individual (as for political candidacy) without the individual's expressed consentb :  a group of individuals selected especially by military draftc sports :  a system whereby exclusive rights to selected new players are apportioned among professional teams He was chosen in the first round of the draft.

  10. 10a :  an order for the payment of money drawn (see 1draw 7c) by one person or bank on anotherb :  the act or an instance of drawing from or making demands upon something :  demand

  11. 11a :  a current of air in a closed-in space felt a draftb :  a device for regulating the flow of air (as in a fireplace) open the draft

  12. 12 :  angle, taper; specifically, industrial engineering :  the taper (see 2taper 2b) given to a pattern or die (see 2die 3) so that the work can be easily withdrawn

  13. 13 :  a pocket of reduced air pressure behind a moving object; also, racing sports :  the use of such a draft to save energy

on draft

  1. :  ready to be drawn from a receptacle beer on draft

Examples of draft in a Sentence

  1. The published poem differs quite a bit from earlier drafts.

  2. You may want to seal the windows with plastic to stop drafts.

Origin and Etymology of draft

Middle English draght; akin to Old English dragan to draw — more at draw


First Known Use: 13th century


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draft

adjective

Definition of draft

  1. 1 animal husbandry :  used or adapted for drawing loads draft horses

  2. 2 :  being or having been ready to be drawn from a receptacle :  being or having been on draft drinking draft beer

Origin and Etymology of draft

see 1draft


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms


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draft

verb

Definition of draft

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to select for some purpose: such asa :  to conscript for military service was drafted and sent overseasb sports :  to select (a professional athlete) by draft got drafted by the Yankees

  3. 2a :  to draw the preliminary sketch, version, or plan of draft legislationb :  compose, prepare draft a memo

  4. 3 :  to draw off or away water drafted by pumps

  5. 4 racing sports :  to stay close behind (another racer) so as to take advantage of the reduced air pressure created by the leading racer

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to practice draftsmanship

  8. 2 racing sports :  to draft another racer (as in car or bike racing)

draftable

play \ˈdraf-tə-bəl, ˈdräf-\ adjective

draftee

play \ˌdraf-ˈtē, ˌdräf-\ noun

drafter

play \ˈdraf-tər, ˈdräf-\ noun

Examples of draft in a Sentence

  1. The two countries are drafting a treaty.

  2. The drama club drafted three teenagers to be in the parade.

  3. The legislature debated drafting more soldiers.

  4. The new rule prohibits teams from drafting players under 18.

Origin and Etymology of draft

see 1draft


First Known Use: 1714



DRAFT Defined for English Language Learners

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draft

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noun \ˈdraft, ˈdräft\

Definition of draft for English Language Learners

  • : a version of something (such as a document) that you make before you make the final version

  • : cool air moving in a closed space (such as a room)

  • : a system in which young people are required to join the armed forces of a country for a period of service

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draft

adjective

Definition of draft for English Language Learners

  • of an animal : used for pulling heavy loads

  • of beer : stored in and poured from a large container

  • : not yet in the final form

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draft

verb

Definition of draft for English Language Learners

  • : to make a version of (something, such as a document or plan) that will need more work in order to be finished

  • : to choose (someone) for a special purpose

  • : to officially order (someone) to join the armed forces


DRAFT Defined for Kids

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draft

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noun \ˈdraft, ˈdräft\

Definition of draft for Students

  1. 1 :  a version of something written or drawn (as an essay, document, or plan) that has or will have more than one version I finished the rough draft of my report.

  2. 2 :  a current of air

  3. 3 :  a device to regulate an air supply (as in a fireplace)

  4. 4 :  the act of pulling or hauling :  the thing or amount pulled a beast of draft

  5. 5 :  the act or an instance of drinking or inhaling :  the portion drunk or inhaled at one time He took a draft of his drink.

  6. 6 :  the act of drawing out liquid (as from a cask) :  a portion of liquid drawn out a draft of beer

  7. 7 :  the depth of water a ship needs in order to float

  8. 8 :  the practice of ordering people into military service

  9. 9 :  the practice of choosing someone to play on a professional sports team

  10. 10 :  an order made by one person or organization to another to pay money to a third person or organization


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draft

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adjective

Definition of draft for Students

  1. 1 :  used for pulling loads a draft animal

  2. 2 :  not in final form a draft report

  3. 3 :  ready to be drawn from a container draft beer


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draft

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verb

Definition of draft for Students

drafted

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drafting

  1. 1 :  to write or draw a version of something (as an essay or plan) that usually needs more work

  2. 2 :  to choose someone to do something Mom drafted us to clean the garage.

  3. 3 :  to pick especially for required military service


Medical Dictionary

draft

noun
variants: or chiefly British

draught

\ˈdraft, ˈdrȧft\play

Medical Definition of draft

  1. 1:  a portion (as of medicine) poured out or mixed for drinking :  dose

  2. 2:  a current of air in a closed-in space

drafty

or chiefly British

draughty

\ˈdraf-tē, ˈdrȧf-\play adjective

Law Dictionary

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draft

noun

Legal Definition of draft

  1. 1 :  a preliminary version of something (as a law)

  2. 2a :  a system for or act of selecting individuals from a group (as for military service) b :  the act or process of selecting an individual (as for political candidacy) without his or her expressed consent

  3. 3 :  an order for the payment of money drawn by one person or bank on another — see also drawee, drawer — compare check documentary draft :  a draft that will be honored only upon the presentation of certain documents (as an invoice or certificate of title) sight draft :  a draft payable on presentation time draft :  a draft payable a specified number of days after the date of the draft or of its presentation


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draft

transitive verb

Legal Definition of draft

  1. 1 :  to select for some purpose; specifically :  to conscript for military service

  2. 2 :  to compose or prepare especially the preliminary version of drafting legislation

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to practice draftsmanship

drafter

noun


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