What does draft mean?

Definitions for draft
dræft, drɑftdraft

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. draft, bill of exchange, order of paymentnoun

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

  2. draft, draughtnoun

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

  3. draft, rough drawingnoun

    a preliminary sketch of a design or picture

  4. draft, draught, potation, tipplenoun

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

    "they served beer on draft"

  5. draft, draft copynoun

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

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

  6. draft, draughtnoun

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

  7. draftnoun

    a regulator for controlling the flow of air in a fireplace

  8. draft, draughtnoun

    a dose of liquid medicine

    "he took a sleeping draft"

  9. conscription, muster, draft, selective servicenoun

    compulsory military service

  10. gulp, draft, draught, swignoun

    a large and hurried swallow

    "he finished it at a single gulp"

  11. draft, draught, drawingverb

    the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling

  12. draft, outlineverb

    draw up an outline or sketch for something

    "draft a speech"

  13. enlist, draft, muster inverb

    engage somebody to enter the army

  14. blueprint, draft, draughtverb

    make a blueprint of


  1. Draftnoun

    A quantity of liquid poured out for drinking; a dose.

  2. Draftnoun

    The act of drawing a quantity of liquid from a large container; also, the quantity of liquid so drawn.

  3. Draftnoun

    A device for regulating the flow of gases in a chimney, stovepipe, fireplace, etc.; as, to close the chimney draft. It is usually a flat plate of the same internal dimensions as the flue, which can be rotated to be parallel to or perpendicular to the current of gases.

  4. Draftverb

    To draw from a military band or post, or from any district, company, or society; to detach; to select; especially, to compulsorily select and induct members of a population to serve in the armed forces.


  1. draftnoun

    An early version of a written work

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

  2. draftnoun

    A preliminary sketch, rough outline

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

  3. draftnoun

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

  4. draftnoun

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

  5. draftnoun

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

  6. draftnoun

    A cheque, an order for money to be paid

  7. draftnoun

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

    She took a deep draft from the bottle of water.

  8. draftnoun

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

    He left the country to avoid the draft.

  9. draftnoun

    A system of assigning rookie players to professional sports teams

  10. draftverb

    to write a first version, make a preliminary sketch.

  11. draftverb

    write a law

  12. draftverb

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

  13. draftverb

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

  14. draftverb

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

  15. draftverb

    to select a rookie player onto a professional sports team

  16. draftverb

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

  17. draftverb

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

  18. draftnoun

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

  19. draftadjective

    Referring to drinks on tap, in contrast to bottled

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Draftadjective

    Etymology: corrupt for draught.

    Ulysses and old Nestor yoke you like draft oxen, and make you plough up the wair. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.


  1. draft

    A draft refers to a preliminary version of a piece of writing, drawing, design, or plan that is subject to changes and corrections. It can also refer to the act of selecting or recruiting people for certain roles such as military service or sports teams. Additionally, draft can mean a current of cool air in a room or other confined space. It is a multifaceted term that can be used in various contexts depending on the situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Draftadjective

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

  2. Draftadjective

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

  3. Draftverb

    to draw the outline of; to delineate

  4. Draftverb

    to compose and write; as, to draft a memorial

  5. Draftverb

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

  6. Draftverb

    to transfer by draft

  7. Etymology: [The same word as draught. OE. draught, draht, fr. AS. dragan to draw. See Draw, and cf. Draught.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Draft

    dräft, n. anything drawn: a selection of men from an army, &c.: an order for the payment of money: lines drawn for a plan: a rough sketch: the depth to which a vessel sinks in water.—v.t. to draw an outline of: to compose and write: to draw off: to detach.—ns. Draft′-bar, a swingle-tree, the bar to which the coupling of a railway-carriage is attached; Draft′-horse, a horse used for drawing the plough, heavy loads, &c., in distinction to a carriage or saddle horse; Draft′-ox, an ox used for drawing loads; Drafts′man, one who draws plans or designs; Drafts′manship. [A corr. of Draught.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. draft

    A small allowance for waste on goods sold by weight.

  2. draft

    The depth of water a ship displaces, or of a body of fluid necessary to float a vessel; hence a ship is said to draw so many feet of water when she requires that depth to float her, which, to be more readily known, are marked on the stem and stern-post from the keel upwards. Also, the old name for a chart. Also, the delineation of a ship designed to be built, drawn on a given scale, generally a quarter-inch to the foot, for the builders. (See SHEER-DRAUGHT.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. draft

    A selecting or detaching of soldiers from an army, or any part of it, or from a military post; also from any company or collection of persons, or from the people at large for military service.

  2. draft

    See Draught.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DRAFT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Draft is ranked #80419 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Draft surname appeared 236 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Draft.

    54.6% or 129 total occurrences were White.
    40.2% or 95 total occurrences were Black.
    3.8% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of draft in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of draft in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of draft in a Sentence

  1. Tony Dungy:

    What Peyton Manning did was turn the city from an [ NBA ] Indiana Pacers town into an Indianapolis Colts town, i think Peyton Manning had a great impact on Peyton Manning team and us as a city. That’s what those generational quarterbacks do. They lift the ability of everybody around them. LIVE UPDATES : NFL DRAFT 2021.

  2. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov:

    We want to do this in January, including to involve the negotiating platform to discuss the draft agreement between Russia and the NATO countries( on security guarantees).

  3. Christina Reynolds:

    Both [ Jessica Cisneros and Rochelle Garza ] talked about [ abortion ] beforehand, before the decision, and continue to talk about and raise with voters since the draft opinion leaked.

  4. Nader Nadery:

    The procedure including its preamble of the negotiation has been finalised and from now on, the negotiation will begin on the agenda, a joint working committee was tasked to prepare the draft topics for the agenda (of peace talks).

  5. Carol Collier:

    As long as we have a mission there, I am not opposed to troops being deployed, but I worry that we are unnecessarily stressing the same people over and over by repeated deployments, the draft isn't a popular idea, but as Americans, we all should do our part if we are going to keep troops deployed.

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Translations for draft

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  • مُسْوَدَّة, مسودةArabic
  • газене, течение, набор, чек, платежно нареждане, чернова, скица, глътка, тяга, скицирам, мобилизирамBulgarian
  • esborrany, esbósCatalan, Valencian
  • koncept, náčrt, skica, odvod, návrh, průvan, hlt, povolatCzech
  • kladdeDanish
  • vom Fass, Zugluft, Musterung, Entwurf, Tiefgang, zeichnen, auswählen, entwerfen, abkommandieren, einberufenGerman
  • reclutamiento, borrador, esbozo, leva, conscripción, de baril, de grifo, reclutarSpanish
  • süvis, sõjaväekohustus, tõmbetuul, lonks, visand, visandama, lähetamaEstonian
  • luonnos, veto, asevelvollisuus, hana, varaustilaisuus, syväys, maksumääräys, kulaus, varaus, kirjoittaa, kutsua palvelukseen, luonnostellaFinnish
  • brouillon, ébauche, courant d'air, gorgée, tirant, conscription, ébaucherFrench
  • gairmScottish Gaelic
  • draghtManx
  • טְיוּטָה, גִיּוּסHebrew
  • vázlatHungarian
  • minuta, brutta copia, aspirazione, tiraggio, aspiratore, assegno, tratta, alla spina, mandato, bozza, spiffero, bozzetto, schizzo, pescaggio, cambiale, effetto, mandato di pagamento, sorso, leva, arruolare, abbozzare, stendereItalian
  • 下書きJapanese
  • capturamLatin
  • ສົດLao
  • kauanu, hukihukiMāori
  • нацрт, провев, скица, промаја, меницаMacedonian
  • vat, kladversie, sketch, kladje, aanzet, tocht, trek, wissel, cheque, slok, lichting, diepgang, schets, getapt, ronselen, wetsontwerp, oproepen, ontwerpDutch
  • skisse, utkast, trekk, tvungen militærtjeneste, kladd, slurk, verneplikt, kladde, skissere, utskriveNorwegian
  • cug, przelew, przeciąg, pobór, z kija, zarys, szkic, zanurzenie, łyk, ciąg, beczkowy, pisać, powołaćPolish
  • calado, corrente, trago, rascunho, esboço, cheque, gole, alistamento, esboçar, recrutar, alistarPortuguese
  • plan, cec, ciorna, schiță, înrolare, tiraj, curent de aer, concept, pescaj, recrutare, suflareRomanian
  • черновик, сквозняк, глоток, призыв, эскиз, набросок, тратта, переводной вексельRussian
  • värvning, utkast, skiss, drag, slurk, värnplikt, utskrivning, svep, svälj, rekrytera, kommendera, skissa, värvaSwedish
  • mpepeaSwahili
  • ร่างThai
  • taslakTurkish
  • nhápVietnamese
  • 草案Chinese

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