- 1A preliminary version of a piece of writing: the first draft of the party’s manifesto [as modifier]: a draft documentMore example sentences
- Since a job description for this office could not be found, I generated a preliminary draft of such a document.
- The study was still undergoing substantive editing in order to incorporate the suggestions of the lawyers and public policy analysts who reviewed its preliminary drafts.
- It is hoped that each will complete a preliminary draft of a new play by July 2005, with a view to five new works being created for possible production over the next few years.
- 1.1A plan, sketch, or rough drawing.More example sentences
- It's the result of many rough drafts and sketches, as well as six months of labour.
- This working draft can be compared to a rough draft of a manuscript, essentially containing all of the information needed but still requiring some hard polishing before completion.
- He soon had a rough draft of a manuscript about how an antibody might be formed and the physical-chemical basis of its specific reaction with antigen.
- 1.2 (in full draft mode) Computing A mode of operation of a printer in which text is produced rapidly but with relatively low definition.More example sentences
- It isn't as good on plain paper though, with no happy medium between printing in the detailed finer modes and the speedier, but rougher, draft modes.
- 2 (the draft) US Compulsory recruitment for military service: 25 million men were subject to the draft [as modifier]: draft cardsMore example sentences
- In the mid-1970s the U.S. abandoned the draft and recruited an all-volunteer professional military.
- Furthermore, even volunteer recruits, many entering because of the draft, received the same low salaries as draftees.
- Second, if you had bothered to learn about the issue you would have found that no one opposes the draft more than the military.
- 2.1North American A procedure whereby new or existing sports players are made available for selection or reselection by the teams in a league, usually with the earlier choices being given to the weaker teams.More example sentences
- Much of the fun and palpitations of Rotisserie League play occurs at the draft of players at the start of the season.
- In the final two days before the draft, teams begin contacting players they feel won't be selected.
- If a player is available early in the draft or in free agency, the team must make a move and cut Brown loose.
- 3 (British draught) A current of cool air in a room or other confined space: heavy curtains at the windows cut out draftsMore example sentences
- The window slid down to admit a cool, breezy draft, and Kelsey's all-too-familiar grin.
- No sooner did I start when I felt this large draft enter the room and found my head being snuggled into suffocation into a certain someone's chest.
- There was no draft in the room, but the slip she wore under the dress didn't stop the cold from wrapping around her wet legs.
- 4 (British draught) The action or act of pulling something along, especially a vehicle or farm implement.More example sentences
- He feels dragged to the street, pulled by the draft of the others.
- Then, safely pulled along by the pack's draft, he could stand up a little to rest his legs yet not lose any ground to the leaders.
- 5A written order to pay a specified sum; a check.More example sentences
- How could Dunlop walk into the AIB with cheques or drafts made out for large sums of money to a company of which he was not a director or shareholder or officer, and walk out again having converted them to cash?
- You may send in your contributions in the form of cheque or draft or money orders directly addressed to.
- The reason for this is that bankers' drafts are made payable to the payee's order, which means that transfer can be effected only by means of the payee's genuine indorsement.
- 6 (British draught) A single act of drinking or inhaling: she downed the remaining beer in one draftMore example sentences
- He filled three cups from a large flask, passing them round and drinking a long draught from his own, before introducing himself as Seth.
- Then they gave him a groat, which he put in his pocket; a crust of bread, which he ate; and a full bowl of ale, which he drank off at a draught.
- He ended, and emptied his tankard in a single draught.
- 6.1The amount swallowed or inhaled in a single act of drinking or inhaling: he took deep drafts of oxygen into his lungsMore example sentences
- He produced a bottle of wine, took a deep draught, and burst into a heartfelt rendition of Je Ne Regrette Rien.
- Time to pull myself together, swig a good deep draught of Andrew's Liver Salts, and get cracking.
- He took a deep draught from his mug, setting it down empty.
- 7 (British draught) The depth of water needed to float a ship: the shallow draft enabled her to get close to shoreMore example sentences
- Jackal, with the carronades stowed below, had a few nine-pounders and no advantage but a slightly shallower draft, and a captain who knew the local weather and currents.
- Built for voyages across the Abyss Ocean, the huge galleon's deep draft requires it to be anchored far from the shore, nearly out of the protection of the bay.
- 8.1The fish taken at one drawing; a catch.More example sentences
- Under regulations introduced last year, all wild salmon caught by rod and line anglers must bear a blue tag and those caught by draft nets a green tag.
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- 1Prepare a preliminary version of (a text): I drafted a letter of resignationMore example sentences
- Nor have they established that, even leaving it until the last minute, he could not have drafted these documents and prepared them prior to the expiry of the four month period.
- The preliminary survey questionnaire was drafted on July 13, 1997.
- Cine and the WHO are drafting a document that will serve as a guide for researchers and communities in health research projects.
- 2Select (a person or group of people) for a certain purpose: he was drafted to help with the task force on best safety practicesMore example sentences
- A team of Hampshire police officers was drafted in last night as a murder investigation was launched.
- Dozens of extra officers were also drafted in from across the force, and senior officers even flew to the US to meet members of the FBI to help with the investigation.
- A month later union leaders were drafted in following fears the firm's wood mill was facing imminent closure, with more finished products being shipped in from abroad.
- 2.1US Conscript (someone) for military service.More example sentences
- Accordingly, in March 1863, Congress passed the Conscription Act to draft men into military service.
- However, in March 1916, he was drafted for military service to the Reserve Officers School near Sofia.
- An army serial number must be assigned and issued to an Army or Navy inductee by a relevant military draft office on the day when he is drafted into service.
- 2.2North American Select (a player) for a sports team through the draft.More example sentences
- Warner, meanwhile, must regain the confidence of his teammates… Don't be surprised if the team drafts a quarterback.
- Is this the year the team drafts its future quarterback?
- He is a good athlete with a strong arm, but might not he back next year if the team drafts a quarterback.
- 4 [no object] Auto Racing Benefit from reduced wind resistance by driving very closely behind another vehicle.More example sentences
- I was most impressed by the discussion of whether the rider in front ALSO benefits from another rider drafting behind them.
- During the week, NASCAR announced a stronger stance against bump drafting and aggressive driving, effective immediately.
- ‘It's hard to draft, to sit behind someone,’ says Sinden Racing driver Ed Carpenter.
adjective(British draught) [attributive] Back to top
- 1Denoting beer or other drink that is kept in and served from a barrel or tank rather than from a bottle or can: draft beerMore example sentences
- He reported this tale during his therapy hour at a cheap tavern where we drank draft beer for 35 cents a glass.
- Guests receive coupons good for two free well drinks, a draft beer or house wine.
- Always drink with people you like, stick to one type of drink and avoid draft beer like the plague because you don't know what horrors lay waiting in those tap lines.
- 2Denoting an animal used for pulling heavy loads: draft oxenMore example sentences
- Others soon recognized the talents of the bouvier and adopted it for several tasks, including general livestock work, turning milk churns and work as a draft dog.
- These dogs traveled with the Roman armies, for whom they served as guards, protectors and draft dogs.
- Here she loaded 539 draft reindeer, 418 sledges, and 511 sets of harness.
- (Of beer or other drink) on tap; ready to be drawn from a barrel or tank; not bottled or canned.More example sentences
- It sticks out like a sore thumb in this market: black, nitro-driven, fiercely ethnic, bitter, and noticeably different beers in bottle and on draft.
- To promote the bottled beers, however, most of which are more eclectic beers not available on draft, Black purchased a display cooler to show people what the pub has.
- It has served a Belgium raspberry-flavored beer, on draft since it opened three years ago.
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- One of the key drafters of the party's platform called the decision ‘a disaster.’
- Hopefully, the drafters of the constitution understand our strong belief that women ought to be treated equally in society.
- I realize that the drafters of these laws probably didn't envision the Internet, which wasn't a major communications medium at the time.
mid 16th century: phonetic spelling of draught.