Webster's Dictionary, 1913

Search Webster
Word starts with Word or meaning contains
Drawgear noun
1. A harness for draught horses.

2. (Railroad) The means or parts by which cars are connected to be drawn.

Drawgloves noun plural An old game, played by holding up the fingers. Herrick.

Drawhead noun (Railroad) The flanged outer end of a drawbar; also, a name applied to the drawgear.

Drawing noun
1. The act of pulling, or attracting.

2. The act or the art of representing any object by means of lines and shades; especially, such a representation when in one color, or in tints used not to represent the colors of natural objects, but for effect only, and produced with hard material such as pencil, chalk, etc.; delineation; also, the figure or representation drawn.

3. The process of stretching or spreading metals as by hammering, or, as in forming wire from rods or tubes and cups from sheet metal, by pulling them through dies.

4. (Textile Manuf.) The process of pulling out and elongating the sliver from the carding machine, by revolving rollers, to prepare it for spinning.

5. The distribution of prizes and blanks in a lottery.

» Drawing is used adjectively or as the first part of compounds in the sense of pertaining to drawing , for drawing (in the sense of pulling, and of pictorial representation); as, drawing master or drawing -master, drawing knife or drawing -knife, drawing machine, drawing board, drawing paper, drawing pen, drawing pencil, etc.

A drawing of tea , a small portion of tea for steeping. -- Drawing knife . See in the Vocabulary . -- Drawing paper (Fine Arts) , a thick, sized paper for draughtsman and for water- color painting. -- Drawing slate , a soft, slaty substance used in crayon drawing; -- called also black chalk , or drawing chalk . -- Free-hand drawing , a style of drawing made without the use of guiding or measuring instruments, as distinguished from mechanical or geometrical drawing; also, a drawing thus executed.

Drawing knife, Drawknife noun
1. A joiner's tool having a blade with a handle at each end, used to shave off surfaces, by drawing it toward one; a shave; -- called also drawshave , and drawing shave .

2. (Carp.) A tool used for the purpose of making an incision along the path a saw is to follow, to prevent it from tearing the surface of the wood.

Drawing-room noun [ Abbrev. from withdraw-ing-room .]
1. A room appropriated for the reception of company; a room to which company withdraws from the dining room.

2. The company assembled in such a room; also, a reception of company in it; as, to hold a drawing- room .

He [ Johnson] would amaze a drawing-room by suddenly ejaculating a clause of the Lord's Prayer.

Drawing-room car . See Palace car , under Car .

Drawl transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Drawled ; present participle & verbal noun Drawling .] [ Prob. from draw : confer Dutch dralen to linger, tarry, Icelandic dralla to loiter. See Draw , and confer Draggle .] To utter in a slow, lengthened tone.

Drawl intransitive verb To speak with slow and lingering utterance, from laziness, lack of spirit, affectation, etc.

Theologians and moralists . . . talk mostly in a drawling and dreaming way about it.

Drawl noun A lengthened, slow monotonous utterance.

Drawlatch noun A housebreaker or thief. [ Obsolete] Old Play (1631).

Drawling noun The act of speaking with a drawl; a drawl. -- Drawl"ing*ly , adverb Bacon.

Drawlink noun Same as Drawbar (b) .

Drawloom noun
1. A kind of loom used in weaving figured patterns; -- called also drawboy .

2. A species of damask made on the drawloom.

Drawn past participle & adjective See Draw , transitive verb & i.

Drawn butter , butter melter and prepared to be used as a sort of gravy. -- Drawn fowl , an eviscerated fowl. -- Drawn game or battle , one in which neither party wins; one equally contested. -- Drawn fox , one driven from cover. Shak. -- Drawn work , ornamental work made by drawing out threads from fine cloth, and uniting the cross threads, to form a pattern.

Drawnet noun A net for catching the larger sorts of birds; also, a dragnet. Crabb.

Drawplate noun A hardened steel plate having a hole, or a gradation of conical holes, through which wires are drawn to be reduced and elongated.

Drawrod noun (Railroad) A rod which unites the drawgear at opposite ends of the car, and bears the pull required to draw the train.

Drawshave noun See Drawing knife .

Drawspring noun (Railroad) The spring to which a drawbar is attached.

Dray noun A squirrel's nest. Cowper.

Dray noun [ Anglo-Saxon dræge a dragnet, from dragan . ............ . See Draw , and confer 2d Drag , 1st Dredge .]
1. A strong low cart or carriage used for heavy burdens. Addison.

2. A kind of sledge or sled. Halliwell.

Dray cart , a dray. -- Dray horse , a heavy, strong horse used in drawing a dray.

Drayage noun
1. Use of a dray.

2. The charge, or sum paid, for the use of a dray.

Drayman noun ; plural Draymen A man who attends a dray.

Drazel noun [ Confer Dross , Drossel .] A slut; a vagabond wench. Same as Drossel . [ Obsolete] Hudibras.

Dread transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Dreaded ; present participle & verbal noun Dreading .] [ Anglo-Saxon dr...dan , in comp.; akin to Old Saxon drādan , Old High German trātan , both only in comp.] To fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to, with terrific apprehension.

When at length the moment dreaded through so many years came close, the dark cloud passed away from Johnson's mind.

Dread intransitive verb To be in dread, or great fear.

Dread not, neither be afraid of them.
Deut. i. 29.

Dread noun
1. Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror.

The secret dread of divine displeasure.

The dread of something after death.

2. Reverential or respectful fear; awe.

The fear of you, and the dread of you, shall be upon every beast of the earth.
Gen. ix. 2.

His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings.

3. An object of terrified apprehension.

4. A person highly revered. [ Obsolete] "Una, his dear dread ." Spenser.

5. Fury; dreadfulness. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

6. Doubt; as, out of dread . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Syn. -- Awe; fear; affright; terror; horror; dismay; apprehension. See Reverence .

Dread adjective
1. Exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror; frightful; dreadful.

A dread eternity! how surely mine.

2. Inspiring with reverential fear; awful' venerable; as, dread sovereign; dread majesty; dread tribunal.

Dread-bolted adjective Armed with dreaded bolts. " Dread-bolted thunder." [ Poetic] Shak.

Dreadable adjective Worthy of being dreaded.

Dreader noun One who fears, or lives in fear.

Dreadful adjective
1. Full of dread or terror; fearful. [ Obsolete] "With dreadful heart." Chaucer.

2. Inspiring dread; impressing great fear; fearful; terrible; as, a dreadful storm. " Dreadful gloom." Milton.

For all things are less dreadful than they seem.

3. Inspiring awe or reverence; awful. [ Obsolete] "God's dreadful law." Shak.

Syn. -- Fearful; frightful; terrific; terrible; horrible; horrid; formidable; tremendous; awful; venerable. See Frightful .

Dreadfully adverb In a dreadful manner; terribly. Dryden.

Dreadfulness noun The quality of being dreadful.

Dreadingly adverb With dread. Warner.

Dreadless adjective
1. Free from dread; fearless; intrepid; dauntless; as, dreadless heart. "The dreadless angel." Milton.

2. Exempt from danger which causes dread; secure. " safe in his dreadless den." Spenser.

Dreadless adverb Without doubt. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Dreadlessness noun Freedom from dread.

Dreadly adjective Dreadful. [ Obsolete] " Dreadly spectacle." Spenser. -- adverb With dread. [ Obsolete] " Dreadly to shake." Sylvester (Du Bartas).

Dreadnaught noun
1. A fearless person.

2. Hence: A garment made of very thick cloth, that can defend against storm and cold; also, the cloth itself; fearnaught.

Dreadnought noun
1. A British battleship, completed in 1906 -- 1907, having an armament consisting of ten 12-inch guns, and of twenty-four 12-pound quick-fire guns for protection against torpedo boats. This was the first battleship of the type characterized by a main armament of big guns all of the same caliber. She has a displacement of 17,900 tons at load draft, and a speed of 21 knots per hour.

2. Any battleship having its main armament entirely of big guns all of one caliber. Since the Dreadnought was built, the caliber of the heaviest guns has increased from 12 in. to 13½ in., 14 in., and 15 in., and the displacement of the largest batteships from 18,000 tons to 30,000 tons and upwards. The term superdreadnought is popularly applied to battleships with such increased displacement and gun caliber.

Dream (drēm) noun [ Akin to Old Saxon drōm , Dutch droom , German traum , Icelandic draumr , Dan. & Swedish dröm ; confer German trügen to deceive, Sanskrit druh to harm, hurt, try to hurt. Anglo-Saxon dreám joy, gladness, and Old Saxon drōm joy are, perhaps , different words; confer Greek qry^los noise.]
1. The thoughts, or series of thoughts, or imaginary transactions, which occupy the mind during sleep; a sleeping vision.

Dreams are but interludes which fancy makes.

I had a dream which was not all a dream .

2. A visionary scheme; a wild conceit; an idle fancy; a vagary; a revery; -- in this sense, applied to an imaginary or anticipated state of happiness; as, a dream of bliss; the dream of his youth.

There sober thought pursued the amusing theme,
Till Fancy colored it and formed a dream .

It is not them a mere dream , but a very real aim which they propose.
J. C. Shairp.

Dream intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Dreamed (drēmd) or Dreamt (drĕmt); present participle & verbal noun Dreaming .] [ Confer Anglo-Saxon drēman , drȳman , to rejoice. See Dream , noun ]
1. To have ideas or images in the mind while in the state of sleep; to experience sleeping visions; -- often with of ; as, to dream of a battle, or of an absent friend.

2. To let the mind run on in idle revery or vagary; to anticipate vaguely as a coming and happy reality; to have a visionary notion or idea; to imagine.

Here may we sit and dream
Over the heavenly theme
. Keble.

They dream on in a constant course of reading, but not digesting
. Locke.

Dream transitive verb To have a dream of; to see, or have a vision of, in sleep, or in idle fancy; -- often followed by an objective clause.

Your old men shall dream dreams
. Acts ii. 17.

At length in sleep their bodies they compose,
And dreamt the future fight
. Dryden.

And still they dream that they shall still succeed
. Cowper.

To dream away, out, through , etc., to pass in revery or inaction; to spend in idle vagaries; as, to dream away an hour; to dream through life. " Why does Antony dream out his hours?" Dryden.

Dreamer noun
1. One who dreams.

2. A visionary; one lost in wild imaginations or vain schemes of some anticipated good; as, a political dreamer .

Dreamful adjective Full of dreams. " Dreamful ease." Tennyson. -- Dream"ful*ly , adverb

Dreamily adverb As if in a dream; softly; slowly; languidly. Longfellow.

Dreaminess noun The state of being dreamy.

Dreamingly adverb In a dreamy manner.

Dreamland noun An unreal, delightful country such as in sometimes pictured in dreams; region of fancies; fairyland.

[ He] builds a bridge from dreamland for his lay.