drawing board


Definition of drawing board

1 : a board used as a base for drafting on paper
2 : a planning stage a project still on the drawing board

Examples of drawing board in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Recent findings also defy the models that researchers have long relied on for the energetic cost of flight to birds, forcing scientists back to the drawing board. Jim Robbins, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Jan. 2022 So the Nets’ coach went to the drawing board and called what would be the gutsiest play of a signature victory against a championship contender: an alley-oop from James Harden to Nic Claxton, flushed right on top of LeBron James’ head. Kristian Winfield, courant.com, 26 Dec. 2021 But if Webb’s origami fails, NASA and the astronomical community will have to take a long walk back to the drawing board. New York Times, 20 Dec. 2021 If the Ohio Supreme Court rules some or all of the map unconstitutional, the Ohio Redistricting Commission could be sent back to the drawing board to try again. Jordan Kellogg, The Enquirer, 5 Dec. 2021 After each one, West would go back to the drawing board and demand seemingly endless revisions. Kyle Eustice, Variety, 3 Dec. 2021 David Kaye, a former United Nations special rapporteur on free expression, said Twitter should revert the policy and go back to the drawing board. Brian Fung, CNN, 3 Dec. 2021 Since the commission vote, city officials delayed bringing the annexation and rezoning to the full City Council, and went back to the drawing board and revised plans for the facility. Steve Lord, chicagotribune.com, 28 Oct. 2021 The supervisors’ vote overturned a Planning Commission approval of the project, essentially ordering city planners to go back to the drawing board and prepare a new environmental study. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of drawing board

1725, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of drawing board was in 1725

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8 Jan 2022

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“Drawing board.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawing%20board. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of drawing board

: a large flat board that is used for holding paper for drawing also : drawing table
: the time during which something is being planned : the planning stage of something

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