draught

draught1 [dra:ft US dræft] n BrE
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1¦(air)¦
2¦(beer)¦
3¦(game)¦
4¦(medicine)¦
5¦(ship)¦
6¦(swallow)¦
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[Date: 1100-1200; : Old English; Origin: dragan 'to pull'; DRAW1]
1.) ¦(AIR)¦
cold air that moves through a room and that you can feel
American Equivalent: draft
Can you close the window? I'm in a draught .
2.) ¦(BEER)¦
on draught
beer that is on draught is served from a large container rather than a bottle
American Equivalent: on draft
3.) ¦(GAME)¦
a) draughts[U]
a game played by two people, each with 12 round pieces, on a board of 64 squares
American Equivalent: checkers
b) one of the round pieces used in the game of draughts
American Equivalent: checker
4.) ¦(MEDICINE)¦
old use a medicine that you drink
a sleeping draught
5.) ¦(SHIP)¦
technical the depth of water needed by a ship so that it will not touch the bottom of the sea, a river etc
American Equivalent: draft
6.) ¦(SWALLOW)¦
written the act of swallowing liquid, or the amount of liquid swallowed at one time
American Equivalent: draft
Mick took a long draught of lager.
draught 2
draught2 BrE draft AmE adj [only before noun]
1.) draught beer is served from a large container rather than a bottle
2.) a draught animal is used for pulling heavy loads

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  • Draught — Draught, n. [The same as draft, the spelling with gh indicating an older pronunciation. See {Draft}, n., {Draw}.] 1. The act of drawing or pulling; as: (a) The act of moving loads by drawing, as by beasts of burden, and the like. [1913 Webster] A …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Draught — Draught, a. 1. Used for drawing vehicles, loads, etc.; as, a draught beast; draught hooks. [1913 Webster] 2. Relating to, or characterized by, a draft, or current of air. [1913 Webster] 3. Used in making drawings; as, draught compasses. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Draught ox — Draught Draught, a. 1. Used for drawing vehicles, loads, etc.; as, a draught beast; draught hooks. [1913 Webster] 2. Relating to, or characterized by, a draft, or current of air. [1913 Webster] 3. Used in making drawings; as, draught compasses.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • draught — [drɑːft ǁ dræft] noun [countable] TRANSPORT a ship s draught is the distance from the bottom of the ship to the level of the water. This distance is the depth of water that a ship needs to float ˈladen ˌdraught TRANSPORT the draught when a ship… …   Financial and business terms

  • draught´er — draught «draft, drahft», noun, transitive verb, adjective. = draft. (Cf. ↑draft) –draught´er, noun. Usage draft, draught. The pronunciation (draft) has caused the spelling draught to give way to draft. In current A …   Useful english dictionary

  • Draught — (dr[.a]ft), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Draughted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Draughting}.] 1. To draw out; to call forth. See {Draft}. Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. To diminish or exhaust by drawing. [R.] [1913 Webster] The Parliament so often draughted and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • draught — draught; draught·house; …   English syllables

  • draught — (US draft) ► NOUN 1) a current of cool air in a room or confined space. 2) a single act of drinking or inhaling. 3) literary or archaic a quantity of a liquid with medicinal properties: a sleeping draught. 4) the depth of water needed to float a… …   English terms dictionary

  • draught — [ dræft ] the British spelling of draft1 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • draught — c.1200, from O.E. *dreaht, *dræht, related to dragan to draw, drag (see DRAG (Cf. drag)). Oldest sense besides that of pulling is of drinking. It retains the functions that did not branch off with DRAFT (Cf. draft) (q.v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • draught — [draft, dräft] n., vt., adj. now chiefly Brit. sp. of DRAFT …   English World dictionary

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