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draft /dræft/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a drawing, sketch, or design:[countable]The architect showed us a draft of her design.
  2. an early version of a writing that may be revised:[countable]The first draft of the paper had some mistakes.
  3. a current of air in any enclosed space, esp. in a room:[countable]I shivered as I felt a draft on my neck.
  4. [countable] a device for regulating the current of air in a fireplace, etc.
  5. the taking of supplies or money from a source:[countable]He wrote a draft for $100 for his cousin.
  6. Military[countable;  usually singular] a selection of persons, as by lot, for military service, an athletic team, etc.
  7. Wine beer or ale drawn from a keg:[countable]a glass of draft.
  8. [countable] an act of drinking or inhaling.
  9. [countable] something drunk;
    a drink.

v. [+ object]
  1. to sketch:She drafted her plans for the park.
  2. to compose:I drafted my speech.
  3. Militaryto select by draft, such as for military service:He was drafted and sent off early in the war.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. used for pulling loads:a draft horse.
  2. Winedrawn from a keg:draft beer.
  3. being in the early stages:It's only a draft proposal.
  1. Idioms, Wineon draft, available to be drawn from a keg:beer on draft.

Also,[esp. Brit.,]draught (for defs. 1, 3-10. 18-25. 28-31. 34, 36-38. in Unabridged dictionary).
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
draft  (draft, dräft),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a drawing, sketch, or design.
  2. a first or preliminary form of any writing, subject to revision, copying, etc.
  3. act of drawing;
  4. a current of air in any enclosed space, esp. in a room, chimney, or stove.
  5. a current of air moving in an upward or downward direction.
  6. a device for regulating the current of air in a stove, fireplace, etc.
  7. an act of drawing or pulling loads.
  8. something that is drawn or pulled;
    a haul.
  9. Animal Husbandryan animal or team of animals used to pull a load.
  10. the force required to pull a load.
  11. the taking of supplies, forces, money, etc., from a given source.
  12. Militarya selection or drawing of persons, by lot or otherwise, from the general body of the people for military service;
  13. Militarythe persons so selected.
  14. Sporta selecting or drawing of new players from a choice group of amateur players by professional teams, esp. a system of selecting new players so that each team in a professional league receives some of the most promising players.
  15. British Terms, Militarya selection of persons already in military service to be sent from one post or organization to another;
  16. Businessa written order drawn by one person upon another;
    a writing directing the payment of money on account of the drawer;
    bill of exchange.
  17. a drain or demand made on anything.
  18. WineSee  draft beer. 
  19. an act of drinking or inhaling.
  20. something that is taken in by drinking or inhaling;
    a drink;
  21. Sporta quantity of fish caught.
  22. Nautical, Naval Termsthe depth to which a vessel is immersed when bearing a given load.
  23. MetallurgyAlso called  leave. the slight taper given to a pattern so that it may be drawn from the sand without injury to the mold.
  24. Metallurgy
    • the change in sectional area of a piece of work caused by a rolling or drawing operation.
    • a taper on a die or punch permitting it to be withdrawn readily from the work.
  25. Building[Masonry.]a line or border chiseled at the edge of a stone, to serve as a guide in leveling the surfaces.
  26. Textiles
    • the degree of attenuation produced in fibers during yarn processing, expressed either by the ratio of the weight of raw to the weight of processed fiber, or by the ratio between the varying surface speeds of the rollers on the carding machine.
    • the act of attenuating the fibers.
  27. Businessan allowance granted to a buyer for waste of goods sold by weight.
  28. on draft, available to be drawn from a cask rather than from a sealed bottle:imported beer on draft.

  1. to draw the outlines or plan of;
  2. to draw up in written form;
  3. to draw or pull.
  4. Militaryto take or select by draft, esp. for military service.
  5. Building[Masonry.]to cut a draft on.

  1. to do drafting;
    work as a draftsman.
  2. (in an automobile race) to drive or ride close behind another car so as to benefit from the reduction in air pressure created behind the car ahead.

  1. used or suited for drawing loads:a draft horse.
  2. Winedrawn or available to be drawn from a cask rather than served from a sealed bottle:draft ale.
  3. being a tentative or preliminary outline, version, design, or sketch.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] draught (for defs. 1, 3–10, 18–25, 28–34, 36–38). drafta•ble, adj. 
drafter, n. 
  • later spelling, spelled of draught (since 16th century)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
draught /dræft/USA pronunciation   n., v., adj. 
  1. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]draft.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
draught  (draft, dräft),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Chess, British Termsdraughts, (used with a sing. v.)[Brit.]the game of checkers.
  2. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]draft (defs. 1, 3–10, 18–25, 28).

  1. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]draft (defs. 29–33).

  1. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]draft (def. 34).

  1. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]draft (defs. 36–38).
draughter, n. 
  • akin to Old English dragan to draw, drōht a pull (at the oars) 1150–1200; Middle English draht (cognate with Dutch dracht, German Tracht, Old Norse drāttr)
    Draught is a variant spelling of draft and is normally pronounced the same way, as (draft)USA pronunciation or (dräft)USA pronunciation or with a vowel somewhere between (a)USA pronunciation and (ä).USA pronunciation A pronunciation (drôt)USA pronunciation is sometimes heard for draught, perhaps because -aught is frequently pronounced (-ôt)USA pronunciation elsewhere, as in caught and taught.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

draft /drɑːft/ n
  1. a plan, sketch, or drawing of something
  2. a preliminary outline of a book, speech, etc
  3. another word for bill of exchange
  4. a demand or drain on something
  5. US selection for compulsory military service
  6. detachment of military personnel from one unit to another
  7. Austral NZ a group of livestock separated from the rest of the herd or flock
vb (transitive)
  1. to draw up an outline or sketch for something: to draft a speech
  2. to prepare a plan or design of
  3. to detach (military personnel) from one unit to another
  4. chiefly US to select for compulsory military service
  5. to chisel a draft on (stone, etc)
  6. Austral NZ to select (cattle or sheep) from a herd or flock
  7. to select (farm stock) for sale
n , vb
  1. the usual US spelling of draughtdraughtdraughtdraughtdraughtdraughtdraughtdraught
Etymology: 16th Century: variant of draught

ˈdrafter n

draught, US draft /drɑːft/ n
  1. a current of air, esp one intruding into an enclosed space
  2. the act of pulling a load, as by a vehicle or animal
  3. (as modifier): a draught horse
  4. the load or quantity drawn
  5. a portion of liquid to be drunk, esp a dose of medicine
  6. the act or an instance of drinking; a gulp or swallow
  7. the act or process of drawing air, smoke, etc, into the lungs
  8. the amount of air, smoke, etc, inhaled in one breath
  9. beer, wine, etc, stored in bulk, esp in a cask, as opposed to being bottled
  10. (as modifier): draught beer
  11. on draughtdrawn from a cask or keg
  12. Also called: draughtsman any one of the 12 flat thick discs used by each player in the game of draughts
    US and Canadian equivalent: checker
  13. the depth of a loaded vessel in the water, taken from the level of the waterline to the lowest point of the hull
  14. feel the draughtto be short of money
Etymology: 14th Century: probably from Old Norse drahtr, of Germanic origin; related to draw

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