The Collaborative International Dictionary
Drew \Drew\, imp. of Draw.
draw \draw\ (dr[add]), v. t. [imp. Drew (dr[udd]); p. p. Drawn (dr[add]n); p. pr. & vb. n. Drawing.] [OE. dra[yogh]en, drahen, draien, drawen, AS. dragan; akin to Icel. & Sw. draga, Dan. drage to draw, carry, and prob. to OS. dragan to bear, carry, D. dragen, G. tragen, Goth. dragan; cf. Skr. dhraj to move along, glide; and perh. akin to Skr. dhar to hold, bear. [root]73. Cf. 2d Drag, Dray a cart, 1st Dredge.]
To cause to move continuously by force applied in advance of the thing moved; to pull along; to haul; to drag; to cause to follow.
He cast him down to ground, and all along Drew him through dirt and mire without remorse.
He hastened to draw the stranger into a private room.
--Sir W. Scott.
Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
--James ii. 6.
The arrow is now drawn to the head.
To influence to move or tend toward one's self; to exercise an attracting force upon; to call towards itself; to attract; hence, to entice; to allure; to induce.
The poet Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and floods.
All eyes you draw, and with the eyes the heart.
To cause to come out for one's use or benefit; to extract; to educe; to bring forth; as: (a) To bring or take out, or to let out, from some receptacle, as a stick or post from a hole, water from a cask or well, etc.
The drew out the staves of the ark.
--2 Chron. v. 9.
Draw thee waters for the siege.
--Nahum iii. 1
I opened the tumor by the point of a lancet without drawing one drop of blood. --Wiseman. (b) To pull from a sheath, as a sword. I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them. --Ex. xv. 9. (c) To extract; to force out; to elicit; to derive. Spirits, by distillations, may be drawn out of vegetable juices, which shall flame and fume of themselves. --Cheyne. Until you had drawn oaths from him. --Shak. (d) To obtain from some cause or origin; to infer from evidence or reasons; to deduce from premises; to derive. We do not draw the moral lessons we might from history. --Burke. (e) To take or procure from a place of deposit; to call for and receive from a fund, or the like; as, to draw money from a bank. (f) To take from a box or wheel, as a lottery ticket; to receive from a lottery by the drawing out of the numbers for prizes or blanks; hence, to obtain by good fortune; to win; to gain; as, he drew a prize. (g) To select by the drawing of lots. Provided magistracies were filled by men freely chosen or drawn. --Freeman. 4. To remove the contents of; as:
To drain by emptying; to suck dry.
Sucking and drawing the breast dischargeth the milk as fast as it can generated.
To extract the bowels of; to eviscerate; as, to draw a fowl; to hang, draw, and quarter a criminal.
In private draw your poultry, clean your tripe.
To take into the lungs; to inhale; to inspire; hence, also, to utter or produce by an inhalation; to heave. ``Where I first drew air.''
Drew, or seemed to draw, a dying groan.
To extend in length; to lengthen; to protract; to stretch; to extend, as a mass of metal into wire.
How long her face is drawn!
And the huge Offa's dike which he drew from the mouth of Wye to that of Dee.
--J. R. Green.
To run, extend, or produce, as a line on any surface; hence, also, to form by marking; to make by an instrument of delineation; to produce, as a sketch, figure, or picture.
To represent by lines drawn; to form a sketch or a picture of; to represent by a picture; to delineate; hence, to represent by words; to depict; to describe.
A flattering painter who made it his care To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are.
Can I, untouched, the fair one's passions move, Or thou draw beauty and not feel its power?
To write in due form; to prepare a draught of; as, to draw a memorial, a deed, or bill of exchange.
Clerk, draw a deed of gift.
To require (so great a depth, as of water) for floating; -- said of a vessel; to sink so deep in (water); as, a ship draws ten feet of water.
To withdraw. [Obs.]
Go wash thy face, and draw the action.
To trace by scent; to track; -- a hunting term.
(Cricket) To play (a short-length ball directed at the leg stump) with an inclined bat so as to deflect the ball between the legs and the wicket.
(Golf) To hit (the ball) with the toe of the club so that it is deflected toward the left.
(Billiards) To strike (the cue ball) below the center so as to give it a backward rotation which causes it to take a backward direction on striking another ball.
(Curling) To throw up (the stone) gently.
To leave (a contest) undecided; as, the battle or game was drawn. ``Win, lose, or draw.'' Note: Draw, in most of its uses, retains some shade of its original sense, to pull, to move forward by the application of force in advance, or to extend in length, and usually expresses an action as gradual or continuous, and leisurely. We pour liquid quickly, but we draw it in a continued stream. We force compliance by threats, but we draw it by gradual prevalence. We may write a letter with haste, but we draw a bill with slow caution and regard to a precise form. We draw a bar of metal by continued beating. To draw a bow, to bend the bow by drawing the string for discharging the arrow. To draw a cover, to clear a cover of the game it contains. To draw a curtain, to cause a curtain to slide or move, either closing or unclosing. ``Night draws the curtain, which the sun withdraws.'' --Herbert. To draw a line, to fix a limit or boundary. To draw back, to receive back, as duties on goods for exportation. To draw breath, to breathe. --Shak. To draw cuts or To draw lots. See under Cut, n. To draw in.
To bring or pull in; to collect.
To entice; to inveigle. To draw interest, to produce or gain interest. To draw off, to withdraw; to abstract. --Addison. To draw on, to bring on; to occasion; to cause. ``War which either his negligence drew on, or his practices procured.'' --Hayward. To draw (one) out, to elicit cunningly the thoughts and feelings of another. To draw out, to stretch or extend; to protract; to spread out. -- ``Wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?'' --Ps. lxxxv. 5. ``Linked sweetness long drawn out.'' --Milton. To draw over, to cause to come over, to induce to leave one part or side for the opposite one. To draw the longbow, to exaggerate; to tell preposterous tales. To draw (one) to or To draw (one) on to (something), to move, to incite, to induce. ``How many actions most ridiculous hast thou been drawn to by thy fantasy?'' --Shak. To draw up.
To compose in due form; to draught; to form in writing.
To arrange in order, as a body of troops; to array. ``Drawn up in battle to receive the charge.''
Syn: To Draw, Drag.
Usage: Draw differs from drag in this, that drag implies a natural inaptitude for drawing, or positive resistance; it is applied to things pulled or hauled along the ground, or moved with toil or difficulty. Draw is applied to all bodies moved by force in advance, whatever may be the degree of force; it commonly implies that some kind of aptitude or provision exists for drawing. Draw is the more general or generic term, and drag the more specific. We say, the horses draw a coach or wagon, but they drag it through mire; yet draw is properly used in both cases.
n. a gully that is shallower than a ravine
anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random; "the luck of the draw"; "they drew lots for it" [syn: lot]
a playing card or cards dealt or taken from the pack; "he got a pair of kings in the draw"
(American football) the quarterback moves back as if to pass and then hands the ball to the fullback who is running toward the line of scrimmage [syn: draw play]
poker in which a player can discard cards and receive substitutes from the dealer; "he played only draw and stud" [syn: draw poker]
get or derive; "He drew great benefits from his membership in the association" [syn: reap]
make, formulate, or derive in the mind; "I draw a line here"; "draw a conclusion"; "draw parallels"; "make an estimate"; "What do you make of his remarks?" [syn: make]
represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface; "She drew an elephant"; "Draw me a horse"
take liquid out of a container or well; "She drew water from the barrel" [syn: take out]
select or take in from a given group or region; "The participants in the experiment were drawn from a representative population"
elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc.; "The President's comments drew sharp criticism from the Republicans"; "The comedian drew a lot of laughter"
move or go steadily or gradually; "The ship drew near the shore"
remove (a commodity) from (a supply source); "She drew $2,000 from the account"; "The doctors drew medical supplies from the hospital's emergency bank" [syn: withdraw, take out, draw off] [ant: deposit]
choose at random; "draw a card"; "cast lots" [syn: cast]
in baseball: earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher; "He drew a base on balls" [syn: get]
bring or lead someone to a certain action or condition; "She was drawn to despair"; "The President refused to be drawn into delivering an ultimatum"; "The session was drawn to a close"
cause to flow; "The nurse drew blood"
write a legal document or paper; "The deed was drawn in the lawyer's office"
engage in drawing; "He spent the day drawing in the garden"
move or pull so as to cover or uncover something; "draw the shades"; "draw the curtains"
allow a draft; "This chimney draws very well"
require a specified depth for floating; "This boat draws 70 inches"
direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes; "Her good looks attract the stares of many men"; "The ad pulled in many potential customers"; "This pianist pulls huge crowds"; "The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers" [syn: attract, pull, pull in, draw in] [ant: repel]
pull back the sling of (a bow); "The archers were drawing their bows" [syn: pull back]
finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.; "The teams drew a tie" [syn: tie]
contract; "The material drew after it was washed in hot water"
reduce the diameter of (a wire or metal rod) by pulling it through a die; "draw wire"
steep; pass through a strainer; "draw pulp from the fruit"
flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching; "draw steel"
cause to localize at one point; "Draw blood and pus"
Drew, MS -- U.S. city in Mississippi
Housing Units (2000): 922
Land area (2000): 1.120334 sq. miles (2.901652 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.120334 sq. miles (2.901652 sq. km)
FIPS code: 20020
Located within: Mississippi (MS), FIPS 28
Location: 33.809923 N, 90.530530 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 38737
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Drew -- U.S. County in Arkansas
Housing Units (2000): 8287
Land area (2000): 828.181649 sq. miles (2144.980532 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 7.472374 sq. miles (19.353359 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 835.654023 sq. miles (2164.333891 sq. km)
Located within: Arkansas (AR), FIPS 05
Location: 33.600602 N, 91.735642 W
Drew County, AR
Drew is the past tense of draw, and both a surname and a given unisex name, sometimes as a shortened form of Andrew. It may refer to:
Drew is both a surname and a given name. As a surname, it is derived from the Irish Ó Draoi, literally meaning "Descendant of the Druid." As a given name, it is the shortened version of Andrew, and common nicknames include Woodrow and Woody.
Notable people with the name include:
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English dreow, past tense of draw (v.).
vb. (en-simple past of: draw)
Usage examples of "drew".
Less confident now, Drew found himself facing a still narrower street, cluttered with shoppers, bicyclists, pushcard vendors, and awninged stalls.
In keeping with their training, they stayed twenty feet apart, Drew taking the lead, shifting past deadfalls and boulders.
He'd worn the traditional black suit and white collar, his face somewhat wrinkled, bullet-gray, as he lit a cigarette and peered at Drew from across his desk.
Determined not to scare it, curious about what it planned to do, Drew tried not even to blink.
Another step, and now Drew saw its side, its tiny chest heaving, its eyes darting this way and that.
Though gray as before, its fur looked duller, its body thinner, making Drew wonder if this was a different mouse.
Of course, Drew thought, why bother coming out when your meals are delivered?
Then spring came, and the mouse had sufficient confidence to show itself when Drew was exercising.
All you need is a knife, fork, and bib, Drew silently joked, amused at how the rattle of the serving hatch had become Stuart Little's dinner bell.
But the light from the hallway was sufficient for Drew to see the monk slumped across his table, the bowl of bread pinned beneath one arm.
Entering each cell, even with silencers to muffle the shots, the team would still have been concerned about an unpredictable scream from a startled monk, a shout that might have alerted the other monks and - if I'm right, Drew thought - one monk in particular, the man the team had come for.
An assassin would have to be terribly determined, not to mention patient, to wait here two nights in a row on the slim chance that Drew was hiding in the attic.
More likely, the team would have sent someone up there after him or at least have used tear gas to force Drew down.
Besides, once the team had suspected that Drew was out of the building, they'd have felt compromised, afraid that if he escaped he'd alert the police.
The photographs had verified what Drew had said, convincing the priest to relent, to recommend Drew's acceptance by the Carthusians.