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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

draftdræft, drɑft(n.)

  1. a drawing, sketch, or design.

  2. a preliminary form of any writing, subject to revision, refinement, etc.

  3. the act of drawing.

  4. a current of air in any enclosed space, esp. in a room or chimney.

  5. a device for regulating the current of air in a fireplace, etc.

  6. an act of drawing or pulling loads.

  7. something that is drawn or pulled; a haul.

  8. an animal or team of animals used to pull a load.

    Category: Animal Husbandry

  9. the force required to pull a load.

  10. the taking of supplies, money, etc., from a given source.

  11. a selection of persons, as by lot, for military service, an athletic team, etc.

    Category: Military, Sport

  12. the persons so selected.

    Category: Military

  13. a bill of exchange.

    Category: Business

  14. beer or ale drawn from a cask.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

  15. an act of drinking or inhaling.

  16. something that is drunk or inhaled; a drink or dose.

  17. the depth to which a vessel is immersed when bearing a given load.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  18. a quantity of fish caught.

    Category: Sport

  19. Metall. the slight taper given to a pattern so that it may be drawn from the sand without injury to the mold.

    Category: Metallurgy

  20. a line or border chiseled at the edge of a stone, to serve as a guide in leveling the surfaces.

    Category: Building Trades

  21. (v.t.)to sketch.

  22. to compose.

  23. to draw or pull.

  24. to select by draft, as for military service.

    Category: Military, Common Vocabulary

  25. (v.i.)to work as a draftsman.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  26. ride or drive close behind, as a bicycle or automobile, so as to benefit from the reduction in wind resistance created behind the leader.

    Category: Sport

  27. (adj.)used for drawing loads:

    a draft horse.

  28. drawn from a cask rather than served from a bottle.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

  29. being a preliminary outline or sketch.

Idioms for draft:

  1. on draft,available to be drawn from a cask:

    beer on draft.

    Category: Idiom, Viniculture/Winemaking

Origin of draft:

1150–1200; c. OHG traht, ON drāttr; akin to OE dragan to draw


Princeton's WordNet

  1. draft, bill of exchange, order of payment(noun)

    a document ordering the payment of money; drawn by one person or bank on another

  2. draft, draught(noun)

    a current of air (usually coming into a chimney or room or vehicle)

  3. draft, rough drawing(noun)

    a preliminary sketch of a design or picture

  4. draft, draught, potation, tipple(noun)

    a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg

    "they served beer on draft"

  5. draft, draft copy(noun)

    any of the various versions in the development of a written work

    "a preliminary draft"; "the final draft of the constitution"

  6. draft, draught(noun)

    the depth of a vessel's keel below the surface (especially when loaded)

  7. draft(noun)

    a regulator for controlling the flow of air in a fireplace

  8. draft, draught(noun)

    a dose of liquid medicine

    "he took a sleeping draft"

  9. conscription, muster, draft, selective service(noun)

    compulsory military service

  10. gulp, draft, draught, swig(noun)

    a large and hurried swallow

    "he finished it at a single gulp"

  11. draft, draught, drawing(verb)

    the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling

  12. draft, outline(verb)

    draw up an outline or sketch for something

    "draft a speech"

  13. enlist, draft, muster in(verb)

    engage somebody to enter the army

  14. blueprint, draft, draught(verb)

    make a blueprint of

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. draft(noun)æft, drɑft

    one of the versions of a piece of writing, before the final copy

    This is my first/second/final draft.

  2. draftæft, drɑft

    the first draft

  3. draftæft, drɑft

    cold air blowing into a room

    There's a draft in here.

  4. draftæft, drɑft

    a system in which young people are required to join the military

  5. draftæft, drɑft

    (of beer) served from a barrel

  6. draft(verb)æft, drɑft

    to order sb to join the military

    He was drafted into the army.

  7. draftæft, drɑft

    to write an early version of sth

    to draft a bill in the Senate


  1. draft(Noun)

    An early version of a written work

    I have to revise the first draft of my term paper.

  2. draft(Noun)

    A preliminary sketch, rough outline

    His first drafts were better than most authors' final products.

  3. draft(Noun)

    Depth of water needed to float a ship [also spelled draught].

  4. draft(Noun)

    A current of air, usually coming into a room or vehicle [also spelled draught].

  5. draft(Noun)

    Draw through a flue of gasses (smoke) resulting from a combustion process.

  6. draft(Noun)

    A cheque, an order for money to be paid

  7. draft(Noun)

    An amount of liquid that is drunk in one swallow [also spelled draught]

    She took a deep draft from the bottle of water.

  8. draft(Noun)

    conscription, the system of forcing people to serve in the military.

    He left the country to avoid the draft.

  9. draft(Noun)

    A system of assigning rookie players to professional sports teams

  10. draft(Verb)

    to write a first version, make a preliminary sketch.

  11. draft(Verb)

    write a law

  12. draft(Verb)

    to conscript a person, force a person to serve in the military

  13. draft(Verb)

    to select and separate an animal or animals from a group.

  14. draft(Verb)

    to force or convince a person to do a job they do not want to do

  15. draft(Verb)

    to select a rookie player onto a professional sports team

  16. draft(Verb)

    To follow very closely behind another vehicle, thereby providing an aerodynamic advantage to both lead and follower, thereby conserving energy or increasing speed.

  17. draft(Verb)

    the act of drawing fibers out of a clump, for spinning in the production of yarn

  18. draft(Noun)

    the pulling force (tension) on couplers and draft gear during a slack stretched condition.

  19. draft(Adjective)

    Referring to drinks on tap, in contrast to bottled

    I'd rather have a fresh, cheap draft beer.

  20. Origin: draught, from dragan; see draw.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Draft(adj)

    pertaining to, or used for, drawing or pulling (as vehicles, loads, etc.). Same as Draught

  2. Draft(adj)

    relating to, or characterized by, a draft, or current of air. Same as Draught

  3. Draft(verb)

    to draw the outline of; to delineate

  4. Draft(verb)

    to compose and write; as, to draft a memorial

  5. Draft(verb)

    to draw from a military band or post, or from any district, company, or society; to detach; to select

  6. Draft(verb)

    to transfer by draft


  1. Draft

    A draft is a process used to allocate certain players to sports teams. In a draft, teams take turns selecting from a pool of eligible players. When a team selects a player, the team receives exclusive rights to sign that player to a contract, and no other team in the league may sign the player. The best-known type of draft is the entry draft, which is used to allocate players who have recently become eligible to play in a league. Depending on the sport, the players may come from college, high school or junior teams or teams in other countries. An entry draft prevents expensive bidding wars for young talent and ensures that no one team can sign contracts with all of the best young players and make the league uncompetitive. To encourage parity, teams that do poorly in the previous season usually get to choose first in the postseason draft. Other types of drafts include the expansion draft, in which a new team selects players from other teams in the league; and the dispersal draft, in which a league's surviving teams select players from the roster of a newly defunct franchise. Drafts are usually permitted under anti-trust or restraint of trade laws because they are included in collective bargaining agreements between leagues and labor unions representing players. These agreements generally stipulate that after a certain number of seasons, a player whose contract has expired becomes a free agent and can sign with any team. They also require minimum and sometimes maximum salaries for newly drafted players.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. draft

    1. The conscription of qualified citizens in military service. See also active duty; Military Service. 2. The depth of water that a vessel requires to float freely; the depth of a vessel from the water line to the keel. See also watercraft.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. DRAFT

    (DRAUGHT) What gives a cold, cures a cold, and pays the doctor's bill.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'draft' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3814

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'draft' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3397

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'draft' in Nouns Frequency: #1456

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'draft' in Verbs Frequency: #861

Translations for draft

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a rough sketch or outline of something, especially written

a rough draft of my speech.

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