Definition of


  1. (noun, possession) a document ordering the payment of money; drawn by one person or bank on another
  2. (noun, phenomenon) a current of air (usually coming into a chimney or room or vehicle)
  3. (noun, artifact) a preliminary sketch of a design or picture
  4. (noun, food) a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg
  5. (noun, communication) any of the various versions in the development of a written work
    the final draft of the constitution
  6. (noun, attribute) the depth of a vessel's keel below the surface (especially when loaded)
  7. (noun, artifact) a regulator for controlling the flow of air in a fireplace
  8. (noun, artifact) a dose of liquid medicine
  9. (noun, act) compulsory military service
  10. (noun, act) a large and hurried swallow
  11. (noun, act) the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling
  12. (verb, creation) draw up an outline or sketch for something
  13. (verb, competition) engage somebody to enter the army
  14. (verb, creation) make a blueprint of

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Origin of the word Draft

  1. c.1500, spelling variant of draught (q.v.) to reflect change in pronunciation. Meaning "rough copy of a writing" (something "drawn") is attested from 14c.; that of "preliminary sketch from which a final copy is made" is from 1520s. The meaning "to draw off a group for special duty" is from 1703, in U.S. especially of military service; the v. in this sense first recorded 1714. <… more

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Words that sound like Draft

derby hat, derived, draftee, drafty, draped, drift, drift away, driftwood, drip feed, drip pot, drive out, drop dead, drop out, drop-dead, dropout

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