1a preliminary version of a piece of writing:the first draft of the party’s manifesto [as modifier]:a draft document
a plan, sketch, or rough drawing.
(in full draft mode) Computing a mode of operation of a printer in which text is produced rapidly but with relatively low definition.
2 (the draft) US compulsory recruitment for military service:25 million men were subject to the draft [as modifier]:draft cards
North 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.
rare a group or individual selected from a larger group for a special duty, e.g., for military service.
3 (Britishdraught) a current of cool air in a room or other confined space:heavy curtains at the windows cut out drafts
4 (Britishdraught) the action or act of pulling something along, especially a vehicle or farm implement.
5a written order to pay a specified sum; a check.
6 (Britishdraught) a single act of drinking or inhaling:she downed the remaining beer in one draft
the amount swallowed or inhaled in a single act of drinking or inhaling:he took deep drafts of oxygen into his lungs
7 (Britishdraught) the depth of water needed to float a ship:the shallow draft enabled her to get close to shore
8 (Britishdraught) the drawing in of a fishing net.
the fish taken at one drawing; a catch.
1prepare a preliminary version of (a text):I drafted a letter of resignation
2select (a person or group of people) for a certain purpose:he was drafted to help with the task force on best safety practices
US conscript (someone) for military service.
North American select (a player) for a sports team through the draft.
3pull or draw.
4 [no object] Auto Racing benefit from reduced wind resistance by driving very closely behind another vehicle.
1denoting beer or other drink that is kept in and served from a barrel or tank rather than from a bottle or can:draft beer
2denoting an animal used for pulling heavy loads:draft oxen
(of beer or other drink) on tap; ready to be drawn from a barrel or tank; not bottled or canned.