the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you
"the pull up the hill had him breathing harder"; "his strenuous pulling strained his back"
the force used in pulling
"the pull of the moon"; "the pull of the current"
special advantage or influence
"the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull"
a device used for pulling something
"he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer"
wrench, twist, pull(noun)
a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
"the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"
puff, drag, pull(noun)
a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)
"he took a puff on his pipe"; "he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly"
a sustained effort
"it was a long pull but we made it"
pull, draw, force(verb)
cause to move by pulling
"draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"
attract, pull, pull in, draw, draw in(verb)
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"
move into a certain direction
"the car pulls to the right"
apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion
"Pull the rope"; "Pull the handle towards you"; "pull the string gently"; "pull the trigger of the gun"; "pull your knees towards your chin"
perpetrate, commit, pull(verb)
perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
"perpetrate a crime"; "pull a bank robbery"
draw, pull, pull out, get out, take out(verb)
bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover
"draw a weapon"; "pull out a gun"; "The mugger pulled a knife on his victim"
steer into a certain direction
"pull one's horse to a stand"; "Pull the car over"
"I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up"; "The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition"
cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense
"A declining dollar pulled down the export figures for the last quarter"
operate when rowing a boat
"pull the oars"
rein in to keep from winning a race
"pull a horse"
rend, rip, rive, pull(verb)
tear or be torn violently
"The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips"
hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing
"pull the ball"
pluck, pull, tear, deplume, deplumate, displume(verb)
strip of feathers
"pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon"
extract, pull out, pull, pull up, take out, draw out(verb)
remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense
"pull weeds"; "extract a bad tooth"; "take out a splinter"; "extract information from the telegram"
pull, root for(verb)
take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for
"We all rooted for the home team"; "I'm pulling for the underdog"; "Are you siding with the defender of the title?"
"pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf"
An act of pulling (applying force)
He gave the hair a sharp pull and it came out.
An attractive force which causes motion towards the source
Any device meant to be pulled, as a lever, knob, handle, or rope
a zipper pull
influence, especially as a means of gaining advantage
Appeal or attraction or (as of a movie star)
The situation where a client sends out a request for data from a server, as in server pull, pull technology
A journey made by rowing
to apply a force to (an object) so that it comes toward the person or thing applying the force
to persuade (someone) to have sex with one
to remove (something), especially from public circulation or availability
Each day, they pulled the old bread and set out fresh loaves.
to do or perform
to retrieve or generate for use
I'll have to pull a part number for that.
to apply a force such that an object comes toward the person or thing applying the force
You're going to have to pull harder to get that cork out of the bottle.
to toss a frisbee with the intention of launching the disc across the length of a field
Origin: From pullen, from pullian. Related to pullen, pulen, púla.
to draw, or attempt to draw, toward one; to draw forcibly
to draw apart; to tear; to rend
to gather with the hand, or by drawing toward one; to pluck; as, to pull fruit; to pull flax; to pull a finch
to move or operate by the motion of drawing towards one; as, to pull a bell; to pull an oar
to hold back, and so prevent from winning; as, the favorite was pulled
to take or make, as a proof or impression; -- hand presses being worked by pulling a lever
to strike the ball in a particular manner. See Pull, n., 8
to exert one's self in an act or motion of drawing or hauling; to tug; as, to pull at a rope
the act of pulling or drawing with force; an effort to move something by drawing toward one
a contest; a struggle; as, a wrestling pull
a pluck; loss or violence suffered
a knob, handle, or lever, etc., by which anything is pulled; as, a drawer pull; a bell pull
the act of rowing; as, a pull on the river
the act of drinking; as, to take a pull at the beer, or the mug
something in one's favor in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing; as, in weights the favorite had the pull
a kind of stroke by which a leg ball is sent to the off side, or an off ball to the side
Origin: [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pōōl, v.t. to draw, or try to draw, with force: to draw or gather with the hand: to tear: to pluck: to extract: to move, propel by tugging, rowing, &c.: to transport by rowing: in horse-racing, to check a horse in order to prevent its winning: to produce on a printing-press worked by hand: to raid or seize.—v.i. to give a pull: to draw.—n. the act of pulling: a struggle or contest: exercise in rowing: (slang) influence, a favourable chance, advantage: (coll.) a drink, draught: (print.) a single impression of a hand-press.—ns. Pull′-back, a restraint: a device for making a woman's gown hang close and straight in front; Pull′er.—Pull a face, to draw the countenance into a particular expression: to grimace; Pull apart, to bring asunder by pulling; Pull down, to take down or apart: to demolish; Pull for, to row in the direction of; Pull off, to carry anything through successfully; Pull one's self together, to collect one's faculties; Pull out, to draw out, lengthen; Pull the long bow, to lie or boast beyond measure; Pull through, to get to the end of something difficult or dangerous with some success; Pull up, to tighten the reins: to take to task: to bring to a stop: to halt; Pull up stakes, to prepare to leave a place. [A.S. pullian; conn. with Low Ger. pulen, to pluck.]
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
A switch for closing a circuit when pulled. It is used instead of a push button, q.v., in exposed situations, as its contacts are better protected than those of the ordinary push button.
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British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'pull' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2939
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'pull' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1069
Rank popularity for the word 'pull' in Verbs Frequency: #165
The numerical value of pull in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of pull in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.
The forces that pull us apart are increasing in strength, but they are nowhere as strong as the forces that pull us together.
First you forget names, then you forget faces. Next you forget to pull your zipper up and finally, you forget to pull it down.
Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked.
Blade You better wake up. The world you live in is nothing but a sugarcoated topping There is another world beneath it. And if you want to survive it you better learn how to PULL THE TRIGGER
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Translations for pull
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- سحب, جرArabic
- цяга́ць, пацягну́ць, цягну́ць, пацяга́цьBelarusian
- влача, дърпам, влекаBulgarian
- tirarCatalan, Valencian
- táhnout, vytahovat, tahat, tahCzech
- jalar, halar, tirarSpanish
- vaikutusvalta, vetää, imu, veto, soutu, saada, antaa, viehätys, vetovoima, iskeä, pull, soutumatka, tehdä, vedinFinnish
- influence, tirer un coup, tirer, retirerFrench
- trekke, lûkeWestern Frisian
- tarraing, slaodScottish Gaelic
- tirar, puxarGalician
- քաշել, ձգելArmenian
- menarik, tarikIndonesian
- 引っ張る, 引くJapanese
- 끌다, 뽑다Korean
- ڕاکێشان, ڕاکێشهKurdish
- traho, velloLatin
- trekke tilbake, dra, trekke, gjennomføreNorwegian
- ciągnąć, pociągnąćPolish
- puxar, tirarPortuguese
- потащи́ть, тяну́ть, притяже́ние, потяну́ть, тащи́ть, влече́ние, притяга́тельность, тяга́ть, тя́гаRussian
- potezati, потезати, потегнути, potegnutiSerbo-Croatian
- potiahnuť, tiahnuť, ťahaťSlovak
- dragkraft, attraktion, draga, ryck, draSwedish
- потягну́ти, потягти́, потяга́ти, тягну́ти, тягти́, тяга́тиUkrainian
- kéo, giậtVietnamese
- saetchî, haetchîWalloon
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