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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The Rolling Cash 5 jackpot for the next drawing is $209,000 for hitting all five numbers and the odds of winning are 1-in-575,757. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Powerball winning numbers for 06/12/2019; jackpot $66 million," 12 June 2019 Holding hands, the terrifying Grady twins from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining strolled by in shirtwaist dresses printed with childlike drawings of girls faces and pastel Mary Jane heels. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside the Horror Film-Themed Moschino Fashion Show at Universal Studios," 8 June 2019 And although the base accepted full responsibility for the phallic drawing in the sky, the public had no understanding of what had actually happened. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Legendary Saga of the Navy Sky Dong Concludes," 14 May 2019 If there is no jackpot winner, the amount grows larger for the next drawing. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, "Powerball ticket worth $50,000 sold in Lafourche Parish. Here's where.," 4 June 2018 Health officials are still hoping to get 500 participants for the blood study and have clinics ready in Bucks and Montgomery Counties for the blood drawing. Laura Mccrystal, Philly.com, "Bucks and Montco towns with water contamination chosen for blood testing," 31 May 2018 In particular, it's aimed at those users who like the flexibility of the Surface Pro form factor—a machine for drawing and sketching, but also for sending emails, filing accounts, or whatever else a user needs to do. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "HP’s ZBook x2: It’s powerful, it’s specialized, and it’s very expensive," 27 May 2018 Every sampling ticket gives you an entry while every VIP ticket gives you two entries for the drawing for the trip. Jay Betsill, star-telegram, "Salt or no salt? You can vote for more than that at this Fort Worth margarita festival | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 May 2018 Each vendor is asked to donate a gift basket or gift certificate for the event’s opportunity drawing. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Rancho Bernardo, "Sponsors, vendors and entrants sought for 'Poodles on Parade'," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of drawing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of drawing was in the 14th century

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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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