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Draught


DRAUGHT, noun Draft. [from draw, drag.]

1. The act of drawing; as a horse or ox fit for draught

2. The quality of being drawn; as a cart of plow of easy draught

3. The drawing of liquor into the mouth and throat; the act of drinking.

4. The quantity of liquor drank at once.

5. The act of delineating, or that which is delineated; a representation by lines, as the figure of a house, a machine, a fort, etc., described on paper.

6. Representation by picture; figure painted, or drawn by the pencil.

7. The act of drawing a net; a sweeping for fish.

8. That which is taken by sweeping with a net; as a draught of fishes. Luke 5:4.

9. The drawing or bending of a bow; the act of shooting with a bow and arrow.

10. The act of drawing men from a military band, army or post; also, the forces drawn; a detachment. [See Draft, which is more generally used.]

11. A sink or drain. Matthew 15:17.

12. An order for the payment of money; a bill of exchange. [See Draft.]

13. The depth of water necessary to float a ship, or the depth a ship sinks in water, especially when laden; as a ship of twelve feet draught

14. In England, a small allowance on weighable goods, made by the king to the importer, or by the seller to the buyer, to insure full weight.

15. A sudden attack or drawing on an enemy. [Query.]

16. A writing composed.

17. Draughts, a kind of game resembling chess.

DRAUGHT, verb transitive To draw out; to call forth. [See Draft.]