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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019 drag /dræg/
USA pronunciation v., dragged, drag•ging, n., adj. v.
to pull slowly and with effort; haul: dragged his injured foot behind him. [~ + object ]
to be pulled along; to move heavily or slowly and with great effort: The bride's long dress began to drag along the ground. [no object ]
to search (a lake, etc.) with a net or hook: began to drag the lake for bodies. [~ + object ]
to introduce or put in: He drags his war stories into every conversation. [~ + object ]
to (cause to) go on for too long a time: The discussion dragged on for hours. [no object ] They dragged the discussion out for three hours. [~ + object + out ] to drag out a discussion. [~ + out + object ]
to feel listless and exhausted; to move in such a manner: This heat has everyone dragging around. [no object ]
Computing to pull (a graphic image) from one place to another on a computer monitor: Drag the icon and release it. [~ + object ]
to lag behind: He's dragging behind in the race. [no object ]
to take a puff: to drag on a cigarette. [~ + on + object ]
to bring up (an issue) unfairly: They keep dragging up my past. [~ + up + object ] They dragged those old stories up again. [~ + object + up ] n.
Nautical, Naval Terms a device for dragging the bottom of a body of water to recover objects. [ countable ]
Agriculture a heavy frame drawn over the ground to smooth it. [ countable ]
someone or something that keeps one from achieving some goal: He felt his wife had been a drag on his career as an actor. [ countable ]
Slang Termssomeone or something boring or uninteresting: This party's a drag. [ countable; usually: a + ~ ]
Aeronautics the force in the air on a wing in motion through the air that tends to reduce its forward motion; [ uncountable ] resistance.
a puff on a cigarette, pipe, etc.: He took a drag on a cigarette. [ countable ]
clothing usually worn by the opposite sex: [Slang. ] He went to the dance in drag, wearing a dress and high heel shoes. [ uncountable ]
Slang Terms influence; [ uncountable ] clout. adj.
associated with the opposite sex; [Slang. ] transvestite. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019 drag
(drag), USA pronunciation v., dragged, drag•ging, n., adj. v.t.
to draw with force, effort, or difficulty; pull heavily or slowly along; haul; trail: They dragged the carpet out of the house.
to search with a drag, grapnel, or the like: They dragged the lake for the body of the missing man.
to level and smooth (land) with a drag or harrow.
to introduce; inject; insert: He drags his honorary degree into every discussion.
to protract (something) or pass (time) tediously or painfully (often fol. by out or on): They dragged the discussion out for three hours.
Computingto pull (a graphical image) from one place to another on a computer display screen, esp. by using a mouse. v.i.
to be drawn or hauled along.
to trail on the ground.
to move heavily or with effort.
to proceed or pass with tedious slowness: The parade dragged by endlessly.
to feel listless or apathetic; move listlessly or apathetically (often fol. by around): This heat wave has everyone dragging around.
to lag behind.
to use a drag or grapnel; dredge.
to take part in a drag race.
to take a puff: to drag on a cigarette.
Idioms drag one's feet or heels, to act with reluctance; delay: The committee is dragging its feet coming to a decision. n.
Naval Termsa designed increase of draft toward the stern of a vessel.
Naval Termsresistance to the movement of a hull through the water.
Naval Termsany of a number of weights dragged cumulatively by a vessel sliding down ways to check its speed.
Naval Termsany object dragged in the water, as a sea anchor. Naval Termsany device for dragging the bottom of a body of water to recover or detect objects.
Agriculturea heavy wooden or steel frame drawn over the ground to smooth it.
Slang Termssomeone or something tedious; a bore: It's a drag having to read this old novel.
a stout sledge or sled.
the aerodynamic force exerted on an airfoil, airplane, or other aerodynamic body that tends to reduce its forward motion. [Aeron. ]
a four-horse sporting and passenger coach with seats inside and on top.
a metal shoe to receive a wheel of heavy wagons and serve as a brake on steep grades.
something that retards progress.
an act of dragging.
slow, laborious movement or procedure; retardation.
a puff or inhalation on a cigarette, pipe, etc.
the scent left by a fox or other animal.
something, as aniseed, dragged over the ground to leave an artificial scent. Also called a hunt, esp. a fox hunt, in which the hounds follow an artificial scent. drag hunt.
a brake on a fishing reel. the sideways pull on a fishline, as caused by a crosscurrent.
clothing characteristically associated with one sex when worn by a person of the opposite sex: a Mardi Gras ball at which many of the dancers were in drag.
clothing characteristic of a particular occupation or milieu: Two guests showed up in gangster drag.
BuildingAlso called comb. a steel plate with a serrated edge for dressing a stone surface. [Masonry. ]
Metallurgythe lower part of a flask. Cf. cope 2 (def. 5).
Slang Termsinfluence: He claims he has drag with his senator.
Slang Termsa girl or woman that one is escorting; date.
Informal Termsa street or thoroughfare, esp. a main street of a town or city.
AutomotiveSee drag race.
Dialect Terms a sledge, as for carrying stones from a field. [Eastern New Eng. ] adj.
marked by or involving the wearing of clothing characteristically associated with the opposite sex; transvestite.
Middle Low German dragge grapnel, draggen to dredge, derivative of drag- draw; defs. 29-30, 38, obscurely related to other senses and perh. a distinct word of independent origin, originally 1350–1400; 1920–25 for def. 18; Middle English; both noun, nominal and verb, verbal probably
1. See See corresponding entry in Unabridged draw. 11. linger, loiter. See corresponding entry in Unabridged
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drag / dræɡ/ vb ( ) drags, dragging, dragged to pull or be pulled with force, esp along the ground or other surface ( tr; ) often followed by away or from to persuade to come away (from something attractive or interesting): he couldn't drag himself away from the shop to trail or cause to trail on the ground ( transitive) to move (oneself, one's feet, etc) with effort or difficulty: he drags himself out of bed at dawn to linger behind often followed by on : or out to prolong or be prolonged tediously or unnecessarily: his talk dragged on for hours ( tr ) followed by out or from to crush (clods) or level (a soil surface) by use of a drag (of hounds) to follow (a fox or its trail) to the place where it has been lying ( intransitive) slang to draw (on a cigarette, pipe, etc) to move (data) from one place to another on the screen by manipulating a mouse with its button held down drag anchor ⇒ (of a vessel) to move away from its mooring because the anchor has failed to hold drag one's feet, drag one's heels ⇒ informal to act with deliberate slowness n the act of dragging or the state of being dragged an implement, such as a dragnet, dredge, etc, used for dragging Also called: drag harrow a type of harrow consisting of heavy beams, often with spikes inserted, used to crush clods, level soil, or prepare seedbeds a sporting coach with seats inside and out, usually drawn by four horses a braking or retarding device, such as a metal piece fitted to the underside of the wheel of a horse-drawn vehicle a person or thing that slows up progress slow progress or movement the resistance to the motion of a body passing through a fluid, esp through air: applied to an aircraft in flight, it is the component of the resultant aerodynamic force measured parallel to the direction of air flow the trail of scent left by a fox or other animal hunted with hounds an artificial trail of a strong-smelling substance, sometimes including aniseed, drawn over the ground for hounds to follow See drag hunt informal a person or thing that is very tedious; bore: exams are a drag slang a car short for drag race slang women's clothes worn by a man, usually by a transvestite (esp in the phrase in drag) (: as modifier) a drag club, drag show clothes collectively informal a draw on a cigarette, pipe, etc US slang influence or persuasive power chiefly US slang a street or road See also drag out of
drag up Etymology: Old English dragan to draw; related to Swedish dragga
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