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From in- +‎ draw.


  • (noun) IPA(key): /ˈɪndɹɔː/
  • (verb) IPA(key): /ɪnˈdɹɔː/


indraw (plural indraws)

  1. The act or process of drawing inward.
    • 1842, Alfred Lord Tennyson, The Devil and the Lady:
      Yet never, in my gayest hour of Being, Was I so sanguine as to deem my fate Would with each longing of impatient Hope Each gasp and indraw of the hasty breath Sparkle like Oroonoko* in a tube,
    • 1893, Royal Society of South Africa, Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society, page 238
      The centre line of this area is the limit of the ordinary influence of the equatorial indraw, but when great disturbances take place, the indraw extends further south, and the upper current becomes intensified, bringing violent south-easters over;...
    • 1975, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (Australia). Division of Forest Research, Annual Report - Division of Forest Research, page 57:
      The maximum reversal or indraw was measured when a straight line of fire, at right angles to the prevailing wind direction and over 100 m long, approached the anemometers at around l.lm/s. The fire created an indraw of 1.5 m/s directly towards the fire for 64 seconds, at a distance of 40-100 m ahead of the flames.


indraw (third-person singular simple present indraws, present participle indrawing, simple past indrew, past participle indrawn)

  1. (transitive) To draw in; draw inward
    • 1935, Harriette Augusta Curtiss, Frank Homer Curtiss, The Inner Radiance, Order of Christian Mystics, page 121
      Out of Love and Wisdom did it come forth, and back into Love and Wisdom must it indraw all things.