Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you
    his strenuous pulling strained his back
  2. (noun, act) a sustained effort
  3. (noun, act) a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)
    he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly
  4. (noun, artifact) a device used for pulling something
  5. (noun, attribute) special advantage or influence
  6. (noun, phenomenon) the force used in pulling
    the pull of the current
  7. (noun, state) a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
    he was sidelined with a hamstring pull
  8. (verb, body) strain abnormally
    The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition
  9. (verb, change) take away
  10. (verb, competition) take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for
    I'm pulling for the underdog
    Are you siding with the defender of the title?
  11. (verb, contact) remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense
    extract a bad tooth
    take out a splinter
    extract information from the telegram
  12. (verb, contact) strip of feathers
    pluck the capon
  13. (verb, contact) hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing
  14. (verb, contact) cause to move by pulling
    pull a sled
  15. (verb, contact) direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
    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
  16. (verb, contact) tear or be torn violently
    pull the cooked chicken into strips
  17. (verb, contact) apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion
    Pull the handle towards you
    pull the string gently
    pull the trigger of the gun
    pull your knees towards your chin
  18. (verb, motion) rein in to keep from winning a race
  19. (verb, motion) operate when rowing a boat
  20. (verb, motion) bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover
    pull out a gun
    The mugger pulled a knife on his victim
  21. (verb, motion) steer into a certain direction
    Pull the car over
  22. (verb, motion) move into a certain direction
  23. (verb, motion) cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense
  24. (verb, social) perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
    pull a bank robbery

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Pull


Origin of the word Pull

  1. O.E. pullian "to pluck or draw out," of unknown origin, perhaps related to Low Ger. pulen "remove the shell or husk." Original sense preserved in pull teeth, pull weeds, etc., by late 16c. it had replaced draw as the main word for this activity. The noun meaning "personal or private influence" is 1889 in Amer.Eng. Common verb in slang usages 19c.-20c… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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