What does pull mean?

Definitions for pull
pʊlpull

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pull.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pull, pullingnoun

    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"

  2. pullnoun

    the force used in pulling

    "the pull of the moon"; "the pull of the current"

  3. pull, cloutnoun

    special advantage or influence

    "the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull"

  4. pullnoun

    a device used for pulling something

    "he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer"

  5. wrench, twist, pullnoun

    a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments

    "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"

  6. puff, drag, pullnoun

    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"

  7. pullverb

    a sustained effort

    "it was a long pull but we made it"

  8. pull, draw, forceverb

    cause to move by pulling

    "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"

  9. attract, pull, pull in, draw, draw inverb

    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"

  10. pullverb

    move into a certain direction

    "the car pulls to the right"

  11. pullverb

    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"

  12. perpetrate, commit, pullverb

    perform an act, usually with a negative connotation

    "perpetrate a crime"; "pull a bank robbery"

  13. draw, pull, pull out, get out, take outverb

    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"

  14. pullverb

    steer into a certain direction

    "pull one's horse to a stand"; "Pull the car over"

  15. pull, overstretchverb

    strain abnormally

    "I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up"; "The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition"

  16. pull, drawverb

    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"

  17. pullverb

    operate when rowing a boat

    "pull the oars"

  18. pullverb

    rein in to keep from winning a race

    "pull a horse"

  19. rend, rip, rive, pullverb

    tear or be torn violently

    "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips"

  20. pullverb

    hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing

    "pull the ball"

  21. pluck, pull, tear, deplume, deplumate, displumeverb

    strip of feathers

    "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon"

  22. extract, pull out, pull, pull up, take out, draw outverb

    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"

  23. pull, root forverb

    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?"

  24. pullverb

    take away

    "pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf"

Wiktionary

  1. pullnoun

    An act of pulling (applying force)

    He gave the hair a sharp pull and it came out.

    Etymology: From pullen, from pullian. Related to pullen, pulen, púla.

  2. pullnoun

    An attractive force which causes motion towards the source

    Etymology: From pullen, from pullian. Related to pullen, pulen, púla.

  3. pullnoun

    Any device meant to be pulled, as a lever, knob, handle, or rope

    a zipper pull

    Etymology: From pullen, from pullian. Related to pullen, pulen, púla.

  4. pullnoun

    influence, especially as a means of gaining advantage

    Etymology: From pullen, from pullian. Related to pullen, pulen, púla.

  5. pullnoun

    Appeal or attraction or (as of a movie star)

    Etymology: From pullen, from pullian. Related to pullen, pulen, púla.

  6. pullnoun

    The situation where a client sends out a request for data from a server, as in server pull, pull technology

    Etymology: From pullen, from pullian. Related to pullen, pulen, púla.

  7. pullnoun

    A journey made by rowing

    Etymology: From pullen, from pullian. Related to pullen, pulen, púla.

  8. pullverb

    to apply a force to (an object) so that it comes toward the person or thing applying the force

    Etymology: From pullen, from pullian. Related to pullen, pulen, púla.

  9. pullverb

    to persuade (someone) to have sex with one

    Etymology: From pullen, from pullian. Related to pullen, pulen, púla.

  10. pullverb

    to remove (something), especially from public circulation or availability

    Each day, they pulled the old bread and set out fresh loaves.

    Etymology: From pullen, from pullian. Related to pullen, pulen, púla.

  11. pullverb

    to do or perform

    Etymology: From pullen, from pullian. Related to pullen, pulen, púla.

  12. pullverb

    to retrieve or generate for use

    I'll have to pull a part number for that.

    Etymology: From pullen, from pullian. Related to pullen, pulen, púla.

  13. pullverb

    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.

    Etymology: From pullen, from pullian. Related to pullen, pulen, púla.

  14. pullverb

    to toss a frisbee with the intention of launching the disc across the length of a field

    Etymology: From pullen, from pullian. Related to pullen, pulen, púla.

  15. pullverb

    to row

    Etymology: From pullen, from pullian. Related to pullen, pulen, púla.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pullverb

    to draw, or attempt to draw, toward one; to draw forcibly

    Etymology: [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]

  2. Pullverb

    to draw apart; to tear; to rend

    Etymology: [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]

  3. Pullverb

    to gather with the hand, or by drawing toward one; to pluck; as, to pull fruit; to pull flax; to pull a finch

    Etymology: [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]

  4. Pullverb

    to move or operate by the motion of drawing towards one; as, to pull a bell; to pull an oar

    Etymology: [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]

  5. Pullverb

    to hold back, and so prevent from winning; as, the favorite was pulled

    Etymology: [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]

  6. Pullverb

    to take or make, as a proof or impression; -- hand presses being worked by pulling a lever

    Etymology: [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]

  7. Pullverb

    to strike the ball in a particular manner. See Pull, n., 8

    Etymology: [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]

  8. Pullverb

    to exert one's self in an act or motion of drawing or hauling; to tug; as, to pull at a rope

    Etymology: [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]

  9. Pullnoun

    the act of pulling or drawing with force; an effort to move something by drawing toward one

    Etymology: [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]

  10. Pullnoun

    a contest; a struggle; as, a wrestling pull

    Etymology: [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]

  11. Pullnoun

    a pluck; loss or violence suffered

    Etymology: [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]

  12. Pullnoun

    a knob, handle, or lever, etc., by which anything is pulled; as, a drawer pull; a bell pull

    Etymology: [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]

  13. Pullnoun

    the act of rowing; as, a pull on the river

    Etymology: [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]

  14. Pullnoun

    the act of drinking; as, to take a pull at the beer, or the mug

    Etymology: [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]

  15. Pullnoun

    something in one's favor in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing; as, in weights the favorite had the pull

    Etymology: [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]

  16. Pullnoun

    a kind of stroke by which a leg ball is sent to the off side, or an off ball to the side

    Etymology: [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pull

    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

  1. Pull

    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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pull' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2939

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pull' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1069

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pull' in Verbs Frequency: #165

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pull in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pull in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of pull in a Sentence

  1. Nick Stamenkovic:

    The market still thinks either the EU or Greece are going to pull a rabbit out of the hat at the last minute, don't underestimate the Europeans. Europe has always surprised and the market thinks it's going to do it again.

  2. Donna Robbins:

    You just had to stay behind and wait until you got your turn to get your hands into the cooler to pull out something, basically its just grab and go.

  3. Moshe Kahlon:

    I will do everything and the finance ministry will do everything it can, to make sure this deal doesn't go through. Golan Telecom received frequencies from Israel to generate competition and not to pull a fast one in order to make hundreds of millions.

  4. Danny Ford:

    Everybody's underestimated her in the past, and they've always been able to pull it out, mary's a fighter. She's gonna fight up till the end, so I don't know.

  5. Kaytlin Chau:

    And he comes running over with a net and we just pull out this big ol’ largemouth bass.

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