(1)   The act of moving a load by drawing or pulling
(2)   A large and hurried swallow
"He finished it at a single gulp"
(3)   Compulsory military service
(4)   A dose of liquid medicine
"He took a sleeping draft"
(5)   A preliminary sketch of a design or picture
(6)   A regulator for controlling the flow of air in a fireplace
(7)   The depth of a vessel's keel below the surface (especially when loaded)
(8)   Preliminary version of a written work
(9)   A serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg
"They served beer on draft"
(10)   A current of air (usually coming into a room or vehicle)
(11)   A document ordering the payment of money; drawn by one person or bank on another


(12)   Engage somebody to enter the army
(13)   Make a blueprint of
(14)   Draw up an outline or sketch for something
"Draft a speech"


< < ; see draw.


  1. An early version of a written work
    I have to revise the first draft of my term paper.
  2. A preliminary sketch, rough outline
    His first drafts were better than most authors' final products.
  3. Depth of water needed to float a ship [also spelled draught].
  4. A current of air, usually coming into a room or vehicle [also spelled draught].
  5. A cheque, an order for money to be paid
  6. An amount of liquid that is drunk in one swallow [also spelled draught]
    She took a deep draft from the bottle of water.
  7. conscription, the system of forcing people to serve in the military.
    He left the country to avoid the draft.
  8. A system of assigning rookie players to professional sports teams
  9. the pulling force (tension) on couplers and draft gear during a slack stretched condition.


  1. to write a first version, make a preliminary sketch.
  2. write a law
  3. to conscript a person, force a person to serve in the military
    • He was drafted during the Vietnam War.
  4. to select and separate an animal or animals from a group.
    • The calves were drafted from the cows.
  5. to force or convince a person to do a job they do not want to do
    • They drafted me to be the chairperson of the new committee.
  6. to select a rookie player onto a professional sports team
    • After his last year of college football, he was drafted by the Miami Dolphins.
  7. to follow very closely behind another vehicle, thereby providing an aerodynamic advantage to both lead and follower, thereby conserving energy or increasing speed.


  1. Referring to drinks on tap, in contrast to bottled
    I'd rather have a fresh, cheap draft beer.