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[draft, drahft]
a drawing, sketch, or design.
a first or preliminary form of any writing, subject to revision, copying, etc.
act of drawing; delineation.
a current of air in any enclosed space, especially in a room, chimney, or stove.
a current of air moving in an upward or downward direction.
a device for regulating the current of air in a stove, fireplace, etc.
an act of drawing or pulling loads.
something that is drawn or pulled; a haul.
an animal or team of animals used to pull a load.
the force required to pull a load.
the taking of supplies, forces, money, etc., from a given source.
a selection or drawing of persons, by lot or otherwise, from the general body of the people for military service; levy; conscription.
the persons so selected.
Sports. a selecting or drawing of new players from a choice group of amateur players by professional teams, especially a system of selecting new players so that each team in a professional league receives some of the most promising players.
British. a selection of persons already in military service to be sent from one post or organization to another; detachment.
a written order drawn by one person upon another; a writing directing the payment of money on account of the drawer; bill of exchange.
a drain or demand made on anything.
an act of drinking or inhaling.
something that is taken in by drinking or inhaling; a drink; dose.
a quantity of fish caught.
Nautical. the depth to which a vessel is immersed when bearing a given load.
Also called leave. Metallurgy. the slight taper given to a pattern so that it may be drawn from the sand without injury to the mold.
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a taper on a die or punch permitting it to be withdrawn readily from the work.
Masonry. a line or border chiseled at the edge of a stone, to serve as a guide in leveling the surfaces.
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.
an allowance granted to a buyer for waste of goods sold by weight.
verb (used with object)
to draw the outlines or plan of; sketch.
to draw up in written form; compose.
to draw or pull.
to take or select by draft, especially for military service.
Masonry. to cut a draft on.
verb (used without object)
to do drafting; work as a draftsman.
(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.
used or suited for drawing loads: a draft horse.
drawn or available to be drawn from a cask rather than served from a sealed bottle: draft ale.
being a tentative or preliminary outline, version, design, or sketch.
on draft, available to be drawn from a cask rather than from a sealed bottle: imported beer on draft.
Also, especially British, draught (for defs 1, 3–10, 18–25, 28-33, 35-38).

later spelling of draught (since 16th century)

draftable, adjective
drafter, noun
antidraft, adjective
predraft, noun, verb (used with object)
redraft, verb (used with object)
undraftable, adjective
undrafted, adjective

draft, draught.
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draft (drɑːft)
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.  the divergent duct leading from a water turbine to its tailrace
6.  (US) selection for compulsory military service
7.  detachment of military personnel from one unit to another
8.  commerce an allowance on merchandise sold by weight
9.  a line or narrow border that is chiselled on the surface of a stone to serve as a guide for levelling it
10.  (Austral), (NZ) a group of livestock separated from the rest of the herd or flock
11.  to draw up an outline or sketch for something: to draft a speech
12.  to prepare a plan or design of
13.  to detach (military personnel) from one unit to another
14.  chiefly (US) to select for compulsory military service
15.  to chisel a draft on (stone, etc)
16.  (Austral), (NZ)
 a.  to select (cattle or sheep) from a herd or flock
 b.  to select (farm stock) for sale
n, —vb
17.  draught draught draught draught draught draught draught draught the usual US spelling of draught
[C16: variant of draught]

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Word Origin & History

c.1500, spelling variant of draught (q.v.) to reflect change in pronunciation. Meaning "rough copy of a writing" (something "drawn") is attested from 14c.; that of "preliminary sketch from which a final copy is made" is from 1520s. The meaning "to draw off a group for special
duty" is from 1703, in U.S. especially of military service; the v. in this sense first recorded 1714. Draftee is from 1866. Sense in bank draft is from 1745.
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Medical Dictionary

draft (drāft)
A measured portion of a liquid or aerosol medication; a dose.

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Cultural Dictionary

draft definition

A preliminary version of a book, speech, essay, or outline.

draft definition

A system for selecting young men for compulsory military service, administered in the United States by the Selective Service System. At present the United States relies on a volunteer military and does not have a draft, though young men are required by law to register with the Selective Service. (See also conscientious objector and draft dodger.)

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Example sentences
And yet few stopped to consider their maker, who at times sketched one or two
  product ideas an hour at his drafting table.
The process of drafting this summary report proved contentious at times.
But the physics of drafting can come in handy other ways.
He frowned and used his computer drafting tool to sketch in corrected
  precipitation estimates, calling for heavier rain.
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