draw·​ing | \ ˈdrȯ(-)iŋ How to pronounce drawing (audio) \

Definition of drawing

1 : an act or instance of drawing especially : the process of deciding something by drawing lots
2 : the art or technique of representing an object or outlining a figure, plan, or sketch by means of lines
3 : something drawn or subject to drawing: such as
a : an amount drawn from a fund
b : a representation formed by drawing : sketch

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Synonyms for drawing


cartoon, delineation, sketch

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Examples of drawing in a Sentence

She made a drawing of my house. with an economy of lines, he created a vivid drawing of the tree

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One such alcohol warning poster shows a drawing of a pregnant woman drinking from a bottle, and the booze going directly to the baby. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘Something wasn’t clicking’: WSU study shows offspring of pregnant rats exposed to THC have impaired development," 20 Nov. 2018 Image Pieces by the pioneering graffiti writers Stay High 149 and Staff 161 hang with a John Ahearn sculpture and a drawing by Jane Dickson of Colab, an ’80s collective with a kindred scrappy aesthetic. Brett Sokol, New York Times, "Lee Quiñones Brings Street Art to His Living Room," 10 July 2018 Wil often holds up a drawing of a heart that his father mailed him to the window, tracing it on his own piece of paper over and over again, his foster father, Silas, said. Liz Goodwin, BostonGlobe.com, "Down on the border, a new trail of tears," 10 June 2018 Falk also wrote the episode of Showtime’s Weeds that opened with a drawing of a vulva, and an episode of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black that discussed scissoring. Whitney Friedlander, Marie Claire, "TV Sex Scenes Are Unrealistic. Rachel Bloom Wants to Change That," 1 Mar. 2019 Some of the women’s voices were heard on the soundtrack, as pieces illustrated with drawings of the sewers were worn by Adwoa Aboah and a diverse cast of young British social activists. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Duchess of Cornwall Presents the Second Queen Elizabeth II Award for Design to Bethany Williams," 19 Feb. 2019 The second tattoo is a drawing of the notes G A G A on a musical staff, in honor of her name. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Just Got a New Tattoo Inspired by A Star Is Born," 14 Feb. 2019 Aldrich and his team started at the drawing board, testing previous components to their failure points and using that data to inform an entirely new injector design. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 There are also designs on the drawing board that would alter the top of the Denver skyline. Scott Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Once flat and wide on the frontier, Western cityscapes are now rising tall and sleek," 4 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of drawing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of drawing

: a picture, image, etc., that is made by making lines on a surface with a pencil, pen, marker, chalk, etc., but usually not with paint
: the act or art of making a picture, image, etc., with a pencil, pen, marker, chalk, etc., but usually not with paint
US : an act of choosing something (such as a winning ticket) from a group without knowing which one you are choosing


draw·​ing | \ ˈdrȯ-iŋ How to pronounce drawing (audio) \

Kids Definition of drawing

1 : a picture created by making lines on a surface
2 : the act or art of creating a picture, plan, or sketch by making lines on a surface
3 : an act or instance of picking something at random Who won the drawing?

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