A phonetic respelling of draught.
- (UK) IPA(key): /dɹɑːft/
- Rhymes: -ɑːft
- (US) IPA(key): /dɹæft/
- Homophone: draught
draft (plural drafts)
- (possibly archaic) The action or an act (especially of a beast of burden or vehicle) of pulling something along or back.
- using oxen for draft shot forth an arrow with a mighty draft
- (possibly archaic) The act of drawing in a net for fish.
- (possibly archaic) That which is drawn in; a catch, a haul.
- he cast his net, which brought him a very great draft
- An early version of a written work (such as a book or e-mail) or drawing; a preliminary sketch or outline.
- I have to revise the first draft of my term paper.
- His first drafts were better than most authors' final products.
- (nautical) Depth of water needed to float a ship; depth below the water line to the bottom of a vessel's hull.
- A current of air, usually coming into a room or vehicle.
- Draw through a flue of gasses (smoke) resulting from a combustion process.
- An amount of liquid (such as water, alcohol, or medicine) that is drunk in one swallow.
- She took a deep draft from the bottle of water.
- Beer drawn from a cask or keg rather than a bottle or can.
- A cheque, an order for money to be paid.
- Conscription, the system of forcing people to serve in the military.
- He left the country to avoid the draft.
- (politics) A system of forcing or convincing people to take an elected position.
- (sports) A system of assigning rookie players to professional sports teams.
- (rail transport) The pulling force (tension) on couplers and draft gear during a slack stretched condition.
- The bevel given to the pattern for a casting, so that it can be drawn from the sand without damaging the mould.
action or act of pulling something along
early version of a written work
depth of water needed to float ship
current of air
draw through a flue
amount of liquid that is drunk in one swallow
beer drawn from a cask or keg
order for money to be paid
system of assigning rookie players to professional sports teams
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- (transitive) To write a first version, make a preliminary sketch.
- To draw in outline; to make a draught, sketch, or plan of, as in architectural and mechanical drawing.
- To write a law.
- (transitive) To conscript a person, force a person to serve in some capacity, especially in the military.
- He was drafted during the Vietnam War. There wasa campaign to draft Smith to run for President.
- They drafted me to be the chairperson of the new committee.
- To select and separate an animal or animals from a group.
- The calves were drafted from the cows.
- (transitive, sports) To select a rookie player onto a professional sports team.
- After his last year of college football, he was drafted by the Miami Dolphins.
- (intransitive) To follow very closely behind another vehicle, thereby providing an aerodynamic advantage to both lead and follower, thereby conserving energy or increasing speed.
- To draw out; to call forth. See draft.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Addison to this entry?)
- To draw fibers out of a clump, for spinning in the production of yarn.
to write a first version
to write a law
to conscript a person
to force or convince a person to do a job
draft (not comparable)
- (not comparable) Referring to drinks on tap, in contrast to bottled.
- I'd rather have a fresh, cheap draft beer.
Referring to drinks on tap
- draft in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- draft in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
draft n, f
Inflection of draft
Although this word is in common use, it is noted as a misnomer .