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draught ‎(plural draughts)

  1. British spelling of draft (act of drawing or pulling something).
    • W. Temple:
      A general custom of using oxen for all sort of draught would be, perhaps, the greatest improvement.
    • Spenser:
      She sent an arrow forth with mighty draught.
  2. British spelling of draft (act of drawing a net for fish).
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Luke V:
      he sayde vnto Simon: Cary vs into the depe, and lett slippe thy nett to make a draught.
    • Sir M. Hale
      Upon the draught of a pond, not one fish was left.
  3. British spelling of draft (that which is drawn in, a catch).
    • L'Estrange:
      He laid down his pipe, and cast his net, which brought him a very great draught.
  4. British spelling of draft (sketch).
    • Macaulay
      A draught of a Toleration Act was offered to the Parliament by a private member.
    • South
      No picture or draught of these things from the report of the eye.
  5. British spelling of draft (current of air).
    • Charles Dickens
      He preferred to go and sit upon the stairs, in [] a strong draught of air, until he was again sent for.
  6. British spelling of draft (swallow of liquid).
  7. (Britain) A game piece used in the game of draughts.
  8. (Australia) A type of beer, brewed using a top-fermenting yeast; ale.
  9. (medicine, obsolete) A mild vesicatory.
    to apply draughts to the feet
  10. (obsolete) A privy.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew XV:
      Then sayde Jesus: are ye yett withoute understondinge? perceave ye not, that whatsoever goeth in at the mouth, descendeth doune into the bely, and ys cast out into the draught?
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens:
      Rid me these Villaines from your companies; / Hang them, or stab them, drowne them in a draught, / Confound them by some course, and come to me, / Ile giue you Gold enough.
  11. (obsolete) A drawing or picture.
    • 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, V.22:
      And therefore, for the whole process, and full representation, there must be more than one draught; the one representing him in station, the other in session, another in genuflexion.
  12. (obsolete) A sudden attack or drawing upon an enemy.
    • Spenser
      drawing sudden draughts upon the enemy when he looketh not for you


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draught ‎(third-person singular simple present draughts, present participle draughting, simple past and past participle draughted)

  1. British spelling of draft
    • Walter Scott
      The Parliament so often draughted and drained.


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