draught


draught
/draft / (say drahft)

noun
1. a current of air, especially in a room, chimney, stove, or any enclosed space.
2. a device for regulating the flow of air in a stove, fireplace, etc.
3. Nautical the fullness of a sail created by the sail-maker.
4. an act of drawing or pulling, or that which is drawn; a pull; haul.
5. an animal, or team of animals used to pull a load.
6. the drawing of a liquid from its receptacle, as of ale from a cask.
7. draught beer.
8. drinking, or a drink.
9. an amount drunk as a continuous act.
10. a dose of medicine.
11. a catch or take of fish.
12.
a. the action of displacing water with a vessel.
b. the depth of water a vessel needs to float it.
13. Also, draughtsman. one of the pieces in the game of draughts.
14. draft (defs 1–3).
adjective
15. being on draught; drawn as required: draught ale.
16. used or suited for drawing loads.
verb (t)
17. draft (defs 14 and 15).
phrase
18. feel the draught, Colloquial to be harmed by conditions becoming unfavourable to one's affairs.
Also, Chiefly US, draft. {Middle English draht. See draft}
Usage: Compare draft but note that Australian English is tending to follow American usage and to replace draught with draft, whatever the meaning.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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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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