draw·ing | \ˈdrȯ(-)iŋ \

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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The sculptures hew to the simplicity of the roadside stack, but Loesberg’s drawings show the Jersey barriers willy-nilly, in a variety of much more inefficient configurations. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "An Eye For 'The Built Environment' Fuels Exhibit At Real Art Ways," 14 July 2018 Although one naturally responds to such an approach in terms of decorative patterning, these drawings do not go out of their way to look pretty. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "Connecting the dots in Goldberg's variations," 13 July 2018 This next quarter’s drawing will offer one lucky patient the chance to choose between a Coach purse and an iPad. Karlie Brand, sandiegouniontribune.com, "8 reasons you’ll wish this dentist was yours," 11 July 2018 Thompson’s drawings are still lush and considered, flowing across the pages from his Pentel brush-pen, but the book is looser, sweeter, more suggestive than his other pieces. New York Times, "A Youthful, Lovesick Journey Revealed in a Sketchbook," 6 July 2018 The news has since come to a boiling point, with the policy drawing more scrutiny, especially with lawmakers showing up at detention centers near the border. Jessica Estepa, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics Today: Zoning in on zero tolerance," 18 June 2018 Eugene Yelchin’s pencil-and-pastel drawings bring warmth to the story of Pip & Pup, a wordless tale of discovery and joy. Monitor Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Voyages, animals, beauty for the youngest readers," 11 June 2018 At Willimantic Records WILLIMANTIC — Bill Dougal's caricatures of musicians will be exhibited at Willimantic Records, 75 Bridge St., throughout May. Visit CaricatureDrawing.net for more information on Dougal's drawings. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 21 May 2018 Lucky Day Lotto drawings are twice a day, seven days a week. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "$1.45M winning lottery ticket purchased at Naperville gas station," 17 May 2018

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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

: an act of choosing something (such as a winning ticket) from a group without knowing which one you are choosing


draw·ing | \ˈdrȯ-iŋ \

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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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