Definition of Draft

1. Noun. A document ordering the payment of money; drawn by one person or bank on another.

2. Verb. Draw up an outline or sketch for something. "Did he draft his major works over a short period of time?"; "Draft a speech"
Exact synonyms: Outline
Category relationships: Authorship, Composition, Penning, Writing
Generic synonyms: Compose, Indite, Pen, Write
Derivative terms: Drafter, Drafting, Outline

3. Noun. A current of air (usually coming into a chimney or room or vehicle).
Exact synonyms: Draught
Specialized synonyms: Updraft, Downdraft
Generic synonyms: Air Current, Current Of Air, Wind
Derivative terms: Drafty, Draughty

4. Verb. Engage somebody to enter the army.
Exact synonyms: Enlist, Muster In
Specialized synonyms: Levy, Raise, Recruit
Generic synonyms: Enrol, Enroll, Enter, Inscribe, Recruit
Derivative terms: Draftee, Enlistee, Enlisting, Enlistment
Antonyms: Discharge

5. Noun. A preliminary sketch of a design or picture.
Exact synonyms: Rough Drawing
Generic synonyms: Sketch, Study

6. Verb. Make a blueprint of.
Exact synonyms: Blueprint, Draught
Generic synonyms: Design, Plan
Derivative terms: Blueprint, Blueprint, Drafting

7. Noun. A serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg. "They served beer on draft"
Exact synonyms: Draught, Potation, Tipple
Specialized synonyms: Quaff
Generic synonyms: Drink
Derivative terms: Tipple

8. Noun. Any of the various versions in the development of a written work. "The final draft of the constitution"
Exact synonyms: Draft Copy
Generic synonyms: Text, Textual Matter

9. Noun. The depth of a vessel's keel below the surface (especially when loaded).
Exact synonyms: Draught
Generic synonyms: Deepness, Depth

10. Noun. A regulator for controlling the flow of air in a fireplace.
Generic synonyms: Regulator

11. Noun. A dose of liquid medicine. "He took a sleeping draft"
Exact synonyms: Draught
Generic synonyms: Dosage, Dose

12. Noun. Compulsory military service.
Exact synonyms: Conscription, Muster, Selective Service
Generic synonyms: Militarisation, Militarization, Mobilisation, Mobilization
Specialized synonyms: Levy, Levy En Masse
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Derivative terms: Conscript, Muster

13. Noun. A large and hurried swallow. "He finished it at a single gulp"
Exact synonyms: Draught, Gulp, Swig
Generic synonyms: Deglutition, Drink, Swallow
Derivative terms: Gulp, Swig

14. Noun. The act of moving a load by drawing or pulling.
Exact synonyms: Draught, Drawing
Generic synonyms: Pull, Pulling
Derivative terms: Draw

Definition of Draft

1. n. The act of drawing; also, the thing drawn. Same as Draught.

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

3. v. t. To draw the outline of; to delineate.

Definition of Draft

1. Noun. An early version of a written work ¹

2. Noun. A preliminary sketch, rough outline ¹

3. Noun. (nautical) Depth of water needed to float a ship [also spelled draught]. ¹

4. Noun. A current of air, usually coming into a room or vehicle [also spelled draught]. ¹

5. Noun. Draw through a flue of gasses (smoke) resulting from a combustion process. ¹

6. Noun. A cheque, an order for money to be paid ¹

7. Noun. An amount of liquid that is drunk in one swallow [also spelled draught] ¹

8. Noun. conscription, the system of forcing people to serve in the military. ¹

9. Noun. (sports) A system of assigning rookie players to professional sports teams ¹

10. Noun. (rail transport) the pulling force (tension) on couplers and draft gear during a slack stretched condition. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) to write a first version, make a preliminary sketch. ¹

12. Verb. write a law ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) to conscript a person, force a person to serve in the military ¹

14. Verb. to select and separate an animal or animals from a group. ¹

15. Verb. (transitive) to force or convince a person to do a job they do not want to do ¹

16. Verb. (transitive sports) to select a rookie player onto a professional sports team ¹

17. Verb. (intransitive) To follow very closely behind another vehicle, thereby providing an aerodynamic advantage to both lead and follower, thereby conserving energy or increasing speed. ¹

18. Verb. the act of drawing fibers out of a clump, for spinning in the production of yarn ¹

19. Adjective. (not comparable) Referring to drinks on tap, in contrast to bottled ¹

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Definition of Draft

1. to conscript for military service [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Draft

1. 1. A current of air in a confined space. 2. A quantity of liquid medicine ordered as a single dose. Synonym: draught. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Draft

draft (current term)
draft animal
draft animals
draft beer
draft board
draft card
draft cards
draft copy
draft dodger
draft dodgers
draft environmental impact statement
draft evader
draft horse
draft horses

Literary usage of Draft

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"A party discounting a eight draft and receiving therewith a bill of lading for the goods, against the purchase price of which tho draft is drawn, ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"It is true the défendante formally accepted the draft in New York, and promised to pay at a bank in New York, but there was no operative acceptance until ..."

3. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1867)
"That if such substitute is not liable to draft, the person furnishing him should be exempt from draft during the time for which such substitute was not ..."

4. Bulletin by United States (1918)
"(c) Find the draft constant. (1) From the gearing. (2) From the draft and draft gear being used. (d) Find the hank roving required in the creel to make a ..."

5. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1916)
"A bank forwarding a draft for collection, with bills of lading, insurance policy, and bill of sale attached, is entitled to demand an accounting from its ..."

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