- draft [draft, dräft]n.[ME draught, a drawing, pulling, stroke < base of OE dragan, DRAW]1.a) a drawing or pulling, as of a vehicle or loadb) the thing, quantity, or load pulled2.a) a drawing in of a fish netb) the amount of fish caught in one draw3.a) a taking of liquid into the mouth; drinkingb) the amount taken at one drink4.a) a portion of liquid for drinking; specif., a dose of medicineb) Informal a portion of beer, ale, etc. drawn from a cask5.a) a drawing into the lungs, as of air or tobacco smokeb) the amount of air, smoke, etc., drawn in6. a rough or preliminary sketch of a piece of writing7. a plan or drawing of a work to be done8. a current of air, as in a room, heating system, etc.9. a device for regulating the current of air in a heating system10. a written order issued by one person, bank, firm, etc., directing the payment of money to another; check11. a demand or drain made on something12.a) the choosing or taking of an individual or individuals from a group for some special purpose, esp. for compulsory military serviceb) the condition of being so taken☆ c) a group of these so taken☆ 13. the demand made by a political party for a person to accept, sometimes reluctantly, a candidacy14.a) the area of reduced air resistance behind a moving vehicleb) the act or instance of closely following a race car, truck, etc. to avoid wind resistance and conserve fuel15. Commerce a deduction allowed for waste or loss in weight16. Hydraulics the size of an opening for the flow of water17. Masonry a narrow strip along the edge or across the face of a stone, serving as a guide in leveling the surface18. Mech. the taper given to a pattern or die so that the work can be removed easily19. Naut. the depth of water that a vessel draws, or needs in order to float, esp. when loaded☆ 20. Sports a system by which a league, as of professional teams, allots to each team the right to contract specified individuals in a group of players, esp. new players, usually by giving each team a turn to select one player until each roster is fullvt.1. to choose or take for some special purpose, as compulsory military service, by drawing from a group☆ 2. to persuade or compel (a person) to become a candidate for public office3. to make a preliminary sketch of or working plans for4. Sports to select (a player) during or in a DRAFT (n. 20)vi.☆ to drive very closely behind another vehicle while racing, so as to take advantage of the reduced air resistance behind itadj.1. used for pulling loads [draft animals]2. drawn from a cask on order [draft beer]3. in a preliminary or rough form [a draft resolution]——————on draftready to be drawn directly from the caskdraftableadj.draftern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.