What does drag mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drag, retarding force(noun)

    the phenomenon of resistance to motion through a fluid

  2. drag(noun)

    something that slows or delays progress

    "taxation is a drag on the economy"; "too many laws are a drag on the use of new land"

  3. drag(noun)

    something tedious and boring

    "peeling potatoes is a drag"

  4. drag(noun)

    clothing that is conventionally worn by the opposite sex (especially women's clothing when worn by a man)

    "he went to the party dressed in drag"; "the waitresses looked like missionaries in drag"

  5. 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"

  6. drag(verb)

    the act of dragging (pulling with force)

    "the drag up the hill exhausted him"

  7. drag(verb)

    pull, as against a resistance

    "He dragged the big suitcase behind him"; "These worries were dragging at him"

  8. haul, hale, cart, drag(verb)

    draw slowly or heavily

    "haul stones"; "haul nets"

  9. embroil, tangle, sweep, sweep up, drag, drag in(verb)

    force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action

    "They were swept up by the events"; "don't drag me into this business"

  10. drag(verb)

    move slowly and as if with great effort

  11. drag, trail, get behind, hang back, drop behind, drop back(verb)

    to lag or linger behind

    "But in so many other areas we still are dragging"

  12. puff, drag, draw(verb)

    suck in or take (air)

    "draw a deep breath"; "draw on a cigarette"

  13. drag(verb)

    use a computer mouse to move icons on the screen and select commands from a menu

    "drag this icon to the lower right hand corner of the screen"

  14. scuff, drag(verb)

    walk without lifting the feet

  15. dredge, drag(verb)

    search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost

  16. drag(verb)

    persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting

    "He dragged me away from the television set"

  17. drag, drag on, drag out(verb)

    proceed for an extended period of time

    "The speech dragged on for two hours"


  1. drag(Noun)

    Women's clothing worn by men for the purpose of entertainment.

    He performed in drag.

  2. drag(Noun)

    Any type of clothing or costume associated with a particular occupation or subculture.

    corporate drag

  3. Origin: From draggen, early dragen, confluence of dragan and draga; both from draganan, from dʰerāgʰ-. Verb sense influenced due to association with the noun drag, related to dragge. Cognate with drægge, drage, dragga, draga, draga. More at draw.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drag(noun)

    a confection; a comfit; a drug

  2. Drag(verb)

    to draw slowly or heavily onward; to pull along the ground by main force; to haul; to trail; -- applied to drawing heavy or resisting bodies or those inapt for drawing, with labor, along the ground or other surface; as, to drag stone or timber; to drag a net in fishing

  3. Drag(verb)

    to break, as land, by drawing a drag or harrow over it; to harrow; to draw a drag along the bottom of, as a stream or other water; hence, to search, as by means of a drag

  4. Drag(verb)

    to draw along, as something burdensome; hence, to pass in pain or with difficulty

  5. Drag(verb)

    to be drawn along, as a rope or dress, on the ground; to trail; to be moved onward along the ground, or along the bottom of the sea, as an anchor that does not hold

  6. Drag(verb)

    to move onward heavily, laboriously, or slowly; to advance with weary effort; to go on lingeringly

  7. Drag(verb)

    to serve as a clog or hindrance; to hold back

  8. Drag(verb)

    to fish with a dragnet

  9. Drag(verb)

    the act of dragging; anything which is dragged

  10. Drag(verb)

    a net, or an apparatus, to be drawn along the bottom under water, as in fishing, searching for drowned persons, etc

  11. Drag(verb)

    a kind of sledge for conveying heavy bodies; also, a kind of low car or handcart; as, a stone drag

  12. Drag(verb)

    a heavy coach with seats on top; also, a heavy carriage

  13. Drag(verb)

    a heavy harrow, for breaking up ground

  14. Drag(verb)

    anything towed in the water to retard a ship's progress, or to keep her head up to the wind; esp., a canvas bag with a hooped mouth, so used. See Drag sail (below)

  15. Drag(verb)

    also, a skid or shoe, for retarding the motion of a carriage wheel

  16. Drag(verb)

    hence, anything that retards; a clog; an obstacle to progress or enjoyment

  17. Drag(verb)

    motion affected with slowness and difficulty, as if clogged

  18. Drag(verb)

    the bottom part of a flask or mold, the upper part being the cope

  19. Drag(verb)

    a steel instrument for completing the dressing of soft stone

  20. Drag(verb)

    the difference between the speed of a screw steamer under sail and that of the screw when the ship outruns the screw; or between the propulsive effects of the different floats of a paddle wheel. See Citation under Drag, v. i., 3

  21. Origin: [See Drag, v. t., and cf. Dray a cart, and 1st Dredge.]


  1. Drag

    In fluid dynamics, drag refers to forces which act on a solid object in the direction of the relative fluid flow velocity. Unlike other resistive forces, such as dry friction, which is nearly independent of velocity, drag forces depend on velocity. Drag forces always decrease fluid velocity relative to the solid object in the fluid's path.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Drag

    drag, v.t. to draw by force: to draw slowly: to pull roughly and violently: to explore with a drag-net or hook.—v.i. to hang so as to trail on the ground: to be forcibly drawn along: to move slowly and heavily:—pr.p. drag′ging; pa.p. dragged.—n. a net or hook for dragging along to catch things under water: a heavy harrow: a device for guiding wood to the saw: a mail-coach: a long open carriage, with transverse or side seats: a contrivance for retarding carriage-wheels in going down slopes: any obstacle to progress: an artificial scent (anise-seed, &c.) dragged on the ground for foxhounds trained to the pursuit (Drag′-hounds) to follow: (billiards) a push somewhat under the centre of the cue-ball, causing it to follow the object-ball a short way.—ns. Drag′-bar, a strong iron bar for connecting railway-carriages together—also Draw′-bar; Drag′-bolt, a strong bolt passing through the drag-bar of railway-carriages, and serving to fasten the coupling; Drag′-chain, the chain that connects engine and tender, or carriages and wagons, with one another; Drag′-man, a fisherman who uses a drag-net; Drag′-net, a net to be dragged or drawn along the bottom of water to catch fish; Drags′man, the driver of a drag or coach. [A.S. dragan; Ger. tragen. Acc. to Curtius, nowise conn. with L. trahĕre.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Drag

    The pull exercised by a magnetic field upon a conductor moving through it or upon the motion of an armature in it.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'drag' in Verbs Frequency: #540


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of drag in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of drag in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ru Paul:

    You're born naked, the rest is drag.

  2. David Kelly:

    It's clearly a drag on corporate profits.

  3. Thomas Moore:

    They don't seem to drag their friends down.

  4. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott:

    This is not something that should drag out.

  5. Washington Post:

    Donald Trump rolls on in a race that could drag on.

Images & Illustrations of drag

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Translations for drag

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • тегля, влача се, драга, мъкна се, дърпане, дърпамBulgarian
  • arrossegarCatalan, Valencian
  • vléct se, táhnout, vléctCzech
  • sich ziehen, zerren, schleifen, Luftwiderstand, Widerstand, sich dahinziehen, ziehen, schleppenGerman
  • οπισθέλκουσαGreek
  • bocanada, arrastrar, resistenciaSpanish
  • vetää, missata, hidastella, ajoankkuri, luisto, kiusankappale, laahustaa, naara, rautaharava, harmi, hajujälki, raahata, pettymys, väliaineen vastus, raahautua, kiskoa, alakierre, blossi, kärry, laahata, jarru, laahus, vastus, madella, savut, reki, harminkappale, dragFinnish
  • emmerdeur, trainée, emmerdeuse, traîner, taffeFrench
  • slaod, tarraingScottish Gaelic
  • גררHebrew
  • ձգել, քաշել, քարշ տալArmenian
  • strascicare, trascinare, strascinare, trainareItalian
  • 引き離す, 引く, 引きずるJapanese
  • სეირნობაGeorgian
  • trahī, trahereLatin
  • awaiMāori
  • drag, blåsNorwegian
  • hinderpaal, fundering, belemmering, luchtweerstand, slepenDutch
  • rozczarowaniePolish
  • arrastarPortuguese
  • волочить, таскать, обуза, драга, волочиться, затяжка, сопротивление, тащиться, разочарование, тащитьRussian
  • дим, вућиSerbo-Croatian
  • ťahať sa, ťahať, vliecť, vliecť saSlovak
  • dragg, dra, släpa, drög, bloss, krypa, luftmotståndSwedish
  • שלעפּןYiddish

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