(1)   The act of drawing or hauling something
"The haul up the hill went very slowly"
(2)   Poker in which a player can discard cards and receive substitutes from the dealer
"He played only draw and stud"
(3)   (American football) the quarterback moves back as if to pass and then hands the ball to the fullback who is running toward the line of scrimmage
(4)   A golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer
"He took lessons to cure his hooking"
(5)   A playing card or cards dealt or taken from the pack
"He got a pair of kings in the draw"
(6)   Anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random
"The luck of the draw"
"They drew lots for it"
(7)   The finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided
"The game ended in a draw"
"Their record was 3 wins, 6 losses and a tie"
(8)   A gully that is shallower than a ravine
(9)   An entertainer who attracts large audiences
"He was the biggest drawing card they had"


(10)   Cause to localize at one point
"Draw blood and pus"
(11)   Flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching
"Draw steel"
(12)   Remove the entrails of
"Draw a chicken"
(13)   Reduce the diameter of (a wire or metal rod) by pulling it through a die
"Draw wire"
(14)   Contract
"The material drew after it was washed in hot water"
(15)   Make, formulate, or derive in the mind
"I draw a line here"
"Draw a conclusion"
"Draw parallels"
"Make an estimate"
"What do you make of his remarks?"
(16)   Give a description of
"He drew an elaborate plan of attack"
(17)   Choose at random
"Draw a card"
"Cast lots"
(18)   Finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.
"The teams drew a tie"
(19)   Suck in or take (air)
"Draw a deep breath"
"Draw on a cigarette"
(20)   Move or pull so as to cover or uncover something
"Draw the shades"
"Draw the curtains"
(21)   Pull back the sling of (a bow)
"The archers were drawing their bows"
(22)   Cause to move by pulling
"Draw a wagon"
"Pull a sled"
(23)   Direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
"Her good looks attract the stares of many men"
"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"
(24)   Take in, also metaphorically
"The sponge absorbs water well"
"She drew strength from the minister's words"
(25)   Make a mark or lines on a surface
"Draw a line"
"Trace the outline of a figure in the sand"


  1. To sketch; depict with lines; to produce a picture with pencil, crayon, chalk, etc. on paper, cardboard, etc.
  2. To drag, pull.
  3. To pull out (as a gun from a holster, or a tooth).
  4. To attract.
    The citizens were afraid the casino would draw an undesirable element to their town.
    I was drawn to her.
  5. To deduce or infer.
    He tried to draw a conclusion from the facts.
  6. (usually as draw on or draw upon): to rely on; utilize as a source.
    She had to draw upon her experience to solve the problem
  7. To disembowel.
    He will be hanged, drawn and quartered.
  8. To pull back the arrow in preparation for shooting.
  9. (of curtains, etc.) To close.
    You should draw the curtains at night.
  10. (of drinks, especially tea) To leave temporarily so as to allow the flavour to increase.
    Tea is much nicer if you let it draw for three minutes before pouring.
  11. To end a game in a draw (with neither side winning).
    Both these teams will draw if nobody scores soon.
  12. To consume, as power.
    The circuit draws three hundred watts.
  13. To determine the result of a lottery.
    The winning lottery numbers were drawn every Tuesday.
  14. To take the top card of a deck into hand.
    At the start of their turn, each player must draw a card.
  15. To trade in cards for replacements in draw poker games; to attempt to improve one's hand with future cards. See also draw out.
    Jill has four diamonds, she'll try to draw for a flush.

Related terms


  1. The result of a game in which neither side has won; a tie.
    The game ended in a draw.
  2. The procedure by which the result of a lottery is determined.
    The draw is on Saturday.
  3. The result of a two-innings match in which at least one side did not complete all their innings before time ran out. Different from a tie.
  4. A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves intentionally to the left. See hook, slice, fade
  5. A shot that lands in play without hitting another stone out, as opposed to a takeout shot.
  6. A dry stream bed that drains surface water only during periods of heavy rain or flooding.
    He scrambled down the dusty draw, the loose rocks hampering his progress
  7. cannabis.
  8. In a commission-based job, an advance on future (potential) commissions given to an employee by the employer.
  9. A hand which is unlikely the best hand, but which has a chance to become one with future card
    Jill is on a draw: she has four diamonds, and needs one more for a flush.


dry stream bed
  • 1918, Willa Cather, My Antonia, Mirado Modern Classics, paperback edition, page 15
    The garden, curiously enough, was a quarter of a mile from the house, and the way to it led up a shadow draw past the cattle corral.