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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Tickets, which put you in the running for the $50 drawing, are free at Facebook.com/TarponRiverBrewing, Facebook.com/TheRiversideMic. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "Weekend preview: Joel DaSilva at Funky Biscuit, movies about America and brunch with your dog in Delray Beach," 27 June 2019 The City Council voted to include $500,000 for architectural drawings of an expansion in the city budget for the fiscal year that begins Monday. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ocean Beach library expansion gets $500,000 kick start from city," 25 June 2019 If there is no jackpot winner, the top prize will grow larger for the next drawing. Carlie Kollath Wells, nola.com, "$1 million Powerball ticket sold in Baton Rouge," 24 June 2019 Tickets are on sale for Tuesday’s drawing, with new rules to make the game more manageable and save organizers stress, post Cmdr. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Fortune-seekers buying their tickets as McHenry Queen of Hearts raffle resumes with new rules and $1.7 million prize," 15 June 2019 Registered paddlers will receive a commemorative T-shirt, grilled lunch with chips and drink and be eligible for prize drawings. Joy Davis, Aurora Beacon-News, "Registration still open for Canoe and Kayak Race on Fox River," 24 May 2018 His drawings are a part of history that should be preserved. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A Marine’s sketches of military life to be preserved by Camp Pendleton museum," 21 June 2019 Researchers at Oxford University plot the coordinates from her drawing onto a Cartesian plane (a graph), and run them through an AI neural network, a computing system modelled on the human brain. Suyin Haynes, Time, "This Robot Artist Just Became the First to Stage a Solo Exhibition. What Does That Say About Creativity?," 17 June 2019 Ongoing construction work is based on the architect's plaster models, and photos and publications of his original drawings, which were destroyed in a 1930s fire, according to Sagrada Familia foundation. Fox News, "Spain: Unfinished Gaudí church gets permit after 137 years," 9 June 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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