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Definition of Draught


  1. The act of drawing or pulling
  2. The act of moving loads by drawing, as by beasts of burden, and the like.
  3. The drawing of a bowstring.
  4. Act of drawing a net; a sweeping the water for fish.
  5. The act of drawing liquor into the mouth and throat; the act of drinking.
  6. A sudden attack or drawing upon an enemy.
  7. The act of selecting or detaching soldiers; a draft (see Draft, n., 2)
  8. The act of drawing up, marking out, or delineating; representation.
  9. That which is drawn
  10. That which is taken by sweeping with a net.
  11. The force drawn; a detachment; -- in this sense usually written draft.
  12. The quantity drawn in at once in drinking; a potion or potation.
  13. A sketch, outline, or representation, whether written, designed, or drawn; a delineation.
  14. An order for the payment of money; -- in this sense almost always written draft.
  15. A current of air moving through an inclosed place, as through a room or up a chimney.
  16. That which draws
  17. A team of oxen or horses.
  18. A sink or drain; a privy.
  19. A mild vesicatory; a sinapism; as, to apply draughts to the feet.
  20. Capacity of being drawn; force necessary to draw; traction.
  21. The depth of water necessary to float a ship, or the depth a ship sinks in water, especially when laden; as, a ship of twelve feet draught.
  22. An allowance on weighable goods. [Eng.] See Draft, 4.
  23. A move, as at chess or checkers.
  24. The bevel given to the pattern for a casting, in order that it may be drawn from the sand without injury to the mold.
  25. See Draft, n., 7.
  26. Used for drawing vehicles, loads, etc.; as, a draught beast; draught hooks.
  27. Relating to, or characterized by, a draft, or current of air.
  28. Used in making drawings; as, draught compasses.
  29. Drawn directly from the barrel, or other receptacle, in distinction from bottled; on draught; -- said of ale, cider, and the like.
  30. To draw out; to call forth. See Draft.
  31. To diminish or exhaust by drawing.
  32. To draw in outline; to make a draught, sketch, or plan of, as in architectural and mechanical drawing.

Draught Quotations

Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more.
Maya Angelou

The first draught serveth for health, the second for pleasure, the third for shame, and the fourth for madness.

More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.
George Eliot

My heart pumps yet the poison draught of you.
William Empson

There is much boasting among the young men about their teams as their horse and carts in Cleveland. Most of the Yorkshire men take as much delight in their ox draught as they used to do in their Horse Draught.
Nathaniel Smith
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Draught Translations

draught in German is Zug, Luftzug
draught in Italian is sasso
draught in Norwegian is slurk, trekk
draught in Spanish is empinado
draught in Swedish is drag, klunk, korsdrag, utkast
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