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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Yet humans continue to intrude, as illustrated by Michael Marks’s print of mountaintop-removal mining and Laura Ahola-Young’s drawing, incised into a sea-and-sky scene, of undersea oil-drilling gear. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Habitats’ at Target Gallery showcases the nature of creativity," 6 Sep. 2019 The player must claim the prize within 182 days of the drawing, which took place Aug. 31. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "$250K Powerball ticket bought in Thurmont still unclaimed, according to Maryland Lottery," 3 Sep. 2019 Results have been on a gradual decline since United opened the new season by beating Chelsea, 4–0, at home and drawing, 1–1, at Wolverhampton Wanderers prior to Saturday's home disappointment. SI.com, "Southampton vs. Manchester United Live Stream: Watch Premier League Online, TV," 31 Aug. 2019 The collection now holds more than 20,000 items, including original drawings, sketches, manuscript drafts, books, notebooks, photographs and memorabilia. San Diego Union-Tribune, "New Dr. Seuss book featured next week at UCSD," 30 Aug. 2019 The city’s museum collection includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and more. USA TODAY, "Emoji house, Saharan dust, turtle crossing: News from around our 50 states," 8 Aug. 2019 Topics include accurate drawing, proportion, composition, balancing accurate observation of light, form and anatomy, and color. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 22 Aug. 2019 There were no sushi restaurants in her town, but Tempest enjoyed creating art, including pen and ink drawings, photography watercolor paintings and more. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "How Oona Tempest broke gender barriers to become one of America's top sushi chefs," 20 Aug. 2019 In addition to drawings, films, photographs, and related ephemera, there’s an interactive Rube Goldberg machine, created just for the occasion. Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker, "Fall Art Preview," 16 Aug. 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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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