drag

Definitions

  • "She managed to drag her on shore."
    "She managed to drag her on shore."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v drag proceed for an extended period of time "The speech dragged on for two hours"
    • v drag persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting "He dragged me away from the television set"
    • v drag suck in or take (air) "draw a deep breath","draw on a cigarette"
    • v drag search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost
    • v drag pull, as against a resistance "He dragged the big suitcase behind him","These worries were dragging at him"
    • v drag draw slowly or heavily "haul stones","haul nets"
    • v drag walk without lifting the feet
    • v drag to lag or linger behind "But in so many other areas we still are dragging"
    • v drag move slowly and as if with great effort
    • v drag use a computer mouse to move icons on the screen and select commands from a menu "drag this icon to the lower right hand corner of the screen"
    • v drag force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action "They were swept up by the events","don't drag me into this business"
    • n drag the act of dragging (pulling with force) "the drag up the hill exhausted him"
    • n drag a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke) "he took a puff on his pipe","he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly"
    • n drag clothing that is conventionally worn by the opposite sex (especially women's clothing when worn by a man) "he went to the party dressed in drag","the waitresses looked like missionaries in drag"
    • n drag something tedious and boring "peeling potatoes is a drag"
    • n drag something that slows or delays progress "taxation is a drag on the economy","too many laws are a drag on the use of new land"
    • n drag the phenomenon of resistance to motion through a fluid
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Neddy being dragged to school by his grandmother Neddy being dragged to school by his grandmother
"Speug was dragged along the walk." "Speug was dragged along the walk."
Rizzio is ambushed and dragged away from Mary Rizzio is ambushed and dragged away from Mary
Everyone going back home, the knave dragging his stave Everyone going back home, the knave dragging his stave

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason why golf balls have dimples on them is because it helps in the ball to move a farther distance by reducing drag
    • n Drag A confection; a comfit; a drug.
    • Drag A heavy coach with seats on top; also, a heavy carriage.
    • Drag A heavy harrow, for breaking up ground.
    • Drag A kind of sledge for conveying heavy bodies; also, a kind of low car or handcart; as, a stone drag .
    • Drag A net, or an apparatus, to be drawn along the bottom under water, as in fishing, searching for drowned persons, etc.
    • Drag (Masonry) A steel instrument for completing the dressing of soft stone.
    • Drag Also, a skid or shoe, for retarding the motion of a carriage wheel.
    • Drag Anything towed in the water to retard a ship's progress, or to keep her head up to the wind; esp., a canvas bag with a hooped mouth, so used. See Drag sailbelow).
    • Drag Hence, anything that retards; a clog; an obstacle to progress or enjoyment.
    • Drag Motion affected with slowness and difficulty, as if clogged. "Had a drag in his walk."
    • Drag The act of dragging; anything which is dragged.
    • Drag (Founding) The bottom part of a flask or mold, the upper part being the cope.
    • Drag (Marine Engin) The difference between the speed of a screw steamer under sail and that of the screw when the ship outruns the screw; or between the propulsive effects of the different floats of a paddle wheel. See Citation under Drag v. i., 3.
    • Drag To be drawn along, as a rope or dress, on the ground; to trail; to be moved onward along the ground, or along the bottom of the sea, as an anchor that does not hold.
    • Drag To break, as land, by drawing a drag or harrow over it; to harrow; to draw a drag along the bottom of, as a stream or other water; hence, to search, as by means of a drag. "Then while I dragged my brains for such a song."
    • Drag To draw along, as something burdensome; hence, to pass in pain or with difficulty. "Have dragged a lingering life."
    • Drag To draw slowly or heavily onward; to pull along the ground by main force; to haul; to trail; -- applied to drawing heavy or resisting bodies or those inapt for drawing, with labor, along the ground or other surface; as, to drag stone or timber; to drag a net in fishing. "Dragged by the cords which through his feet were thrust.""The grossness of his nature will have weight to drag thee down.""A needless Alexandrine ends the song
      That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along."
    • Drag To fish with a dragnet.
    • Drag To move onward heavily, laboriously, or slowly; to advance with weary effort; to go on lingeringly. "The day drags through, though storms keep out the sun.""Long, open panegyric drags at best."
    • Drag To serve as a clog or hindrance; to hold back. "A propeller is said to drag when the sails urge the vessel faster than the revolutions of the screw can propel her."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Men are a lot more streamlined than women for swimming, because the female's mamaries create a lot of drag. Enough, in fact, that racing suits have been developed with tiny pegs above the breasts to cause disturbance, which decreases the drag.
    • drag To draw along by main force; pull; haul.
    • drag To draw along slowly or heavily, as something difficult to move: as, to drag one foot after the other.
    • drag To draw a grapnel through or at the bottom of, as a river or other body of water, in search of something: as, they dragged the pond.
    • drag Hence Figuratively, to search painfully or carefully.
    • drag To break, as land, by drawing a drag or harrow over it; harrow.
    • drag To be drawn along or trail on the ground; be pulled or hauled along: as, an anchor that does not hold is said to drag.
    • drag To move or proceed heavily, laboriously, or slowly; move on languidly or with effort.
    • drag To use a grapnel or drag: as, to drag for fish; to drag for a drowned person.
    • drag To dredge: used among oystermen.
    • drag To drawl in speaking.
    • n drag Something that is, or is designed to be, dragged, hauled, or tugged. Specifically— A grapnel, a weighted net, or other similar device for dragging the bottom of a body of water, as in searching for the body of a drowned person.
    • n drag A tool used by miners for cleaning out bore-holes before putting in the charge. It is usually made of light rod-iron, and ends in a tapering spiral, called a drag-twist. It is similar to a wormer, but of larger size. See scraper.
    • n drag A device for retarding or stopping the rotation of a wheel or of several wheels of a carriage in descending hills, slopes, etc. See skid.
    • n drag A fence placed across running water, consisting of a kind of hurdle which swings on hinges, fastened to a horizontal pole.
    • n drag Nautical, a kind of floating anchor, usually of spars and sails, used to keep the head of a ship or boat to the wind or to diminish leeway.
    • n drag Anything attached to a moving body which retards its progress, as a boat in tow of a ship; hence, a person or thing forming an obstacle to the progress or prosperity of another.
    • n drag A device for guiding wood to a saw, used in sawing veneers.
    • n drag A long, high carriage, often drawn by four horses, uncovered, and either with seats on the sides or with several transverse scats. Often improperly used in the sense of mail-coach or tally-ho.
    • n drag In masonry, a thin plate of steel, indented on the edge, used for finishing the dressing of soft stone which has no grit.
    • n drag The act of dragging; a heavy motion indicative of some impediment; motion effected slowly and with labor: as, a heavy drag up-hill.
    • n drag In billiards, a blow, of the nature of a push, on the cue-ball somewhat under the center, causing it to follow the object-ball for a short distance.
    • n drag A hunt or chase in which an artificial scent is substituted for a live fox.
    • n drag The smell of a fox on the ground: as, the drag was taken up by the hounds.
    • n drag The retardation and prolongation of signals received from a telegraph-line or submarine cable of considerable electrostatic capacity.
    • n drag In printing, a slight slipping or scraping of a sheet on a form of types, which produces a thickened impression on one side of each letter.
    • n drag In marine engineering, the difference between the speed of a screw-ship under sail and that of the screw, when the ship outruns the latter; the difference between the propulsive effects of the different floats of a paddle-wheel. Also called slip.
    • n drag In music: In lute-playing, a portamento downward
    • n drag A rallentando.
    • n drag The bottom or lower side of a molding-faask.
    • n drag See the extract.
    • n drag Nautical, the difference between the draft of water forward and that aft.
    • n drag A burglars' tool for prizing safes open; a spread.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The amount of drag or air resistance produced by putting your bicycle on top of your car is so great that on a trip from England to Scotland it would be cheaper to send it by train because of the fuel consumption to overcome the drag
    • v.t Drag drag to draw by force: to draw slowly: to pull roughly and violently: to explore with a drag-net or hook
    • v.i Drag to hang so as to trail on the ground: to be forcibly drawn along: to move slowly and heavily:—pr.p. drag′ging; pa.p. dragged
    • n Drag a net or hook for dragging along to catch things under water: a heavy harrow: a device for guiding wood to the saw: a mail-coach: a long open carriage, with transverse or side seats: a contrivance for retarding carriage-wheels in going down slopes: any obstacle to progress: an artificial scent (anise-seed, &c.) dragged on the ground for foxhounds trained to the pursuit (Drag′-hounds) to follow:
    • n Drag (billiards) a push somewhat under the centre of the cue-ball, causing it to follow the object-ball a short way
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Quotations

  • James Thurber
    James%20Thurber
    “A drawing is always dragged down to the level of its caption.”
  • Van Morrison
    Van Morrison
    “Being famous was extremely disappointing for me. When I became famous it was a complete drag and it is still a complete drag.”
  • Plutarch
    Plutarch
    “Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “The fates lead the willing, and drag the unwilling.”
  • Stephen Vincent Benet
    Stephen Vincent Benet
    “Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.”

Idioms

Drag your feet - If someone is dragging their feet, they are taking too long to do or finish something, usually because they don't want to do it.
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Drag your heels - If you drag your heels, you either delay doing something or do it as slowly as possible because you don't want to do it.
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Look what the cat dragged in - This idiom is used when someone arrives somewhere looking a mess or flustered and bothered.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. draggen,; akin to Sw. dragga, to search with a grapnel, fr. dragg, grapnel, fr. draga, to draw, the same word as E. draw,. See Draw

Usage

In literature:

At that moment, Trusty was seen coming along one of the walks, dragging something brown, and tossing it playfully about.
"Norman Vallery" by W.H.G. Kingston
Ours drags us by the heart and brain, by the very soul, into the thick of it.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
A small grapnel (iron instrument with four claws) for dragging for articles dropped overboard in harbour.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Go outside, or we'll drag you.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
A shy girl's first day-dreams of her lover ought no more to be dragged out to the public gaze than this.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
The hours of darkness dragged on miserably.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
We held the rope taut while he dragged himself on to the ledge.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Such intervention could not have failed to drag the French into war.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
If he can drag Sam down and get him into trouble he'll pay off two grudges at once.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
We had to drag them most of the way.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
He dragged his horse to a standstill and leaped off at the same instant.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
Cholmondeley and a few others dragged him away.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
She dragged it forward.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
The double gravity was tiring, a constant drag on sore muscles.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
The Earl, by a still greater effort, dragged her down nearer to him.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Wild horses, Mrs. Randall said, wouldn't drag it out of her.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
He dug his boot heels into the wooden floor, trying to slow down Daoud's effort to drag him to the door.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
She sat up in bed, dragging the sheet across her body, then drew back against the wall.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
The fourth day they dragged themselves into the country again.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
Heavens how that last minute dragged!
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
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In poetry:

She hears his voice. He looks about.
Ah! is it kind or good
To drag her secret sorrow out
Before that multitude?
"The Woman Who Came Behind Him In The Crowd" by George MacDonald
We drag with stiffening fingers
Our rifles up the hill.
The path is steep and tangled,
But leads to Flanders still.
"Marching at Home: Pictures" by Edward Shanks
Anon, a broad—browed poet dragging
Logs for his hearth along,
Without one single moment flagging
In shaping of his song.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
Then rise, each patriotic son,
And guard your country's flag,
Both for your own and country's sake,
Oh, never let it drag.
"Ye Patriot Sons Of Canada" by Thomas Frederick Young
Since earth his body would not,
He must drag it to and fro,
He had tried in vain to be quit of it,
But it would not let him go.
"The Ballad of Lost Souls" by John Oxenham
Our fingers clasped, and dragging me a pace,
You struggled up.
It is a bitter Cup,
That now for naught, you turn away your face.
"To An Ingrate" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Conservatives can be forgiven for seeking to rationalize Mitt Romney's loss — "media were against him," "the primaries dragged on too long," "Paul Ryan was a poor choice," "Seamus ate his master's homework," whatever.
Facebook and loneliness, Rupaul's Drag Race, and the legacy of Dick Clark.
Philadelphia's annual Mummers Parade is a little like Pride, a Harlem Drag Ball and the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade all rolled into one.
H-P Drags Down US Stocks.
When I was a child, my mom used to drag me to the dentist.
The Citizens' Voice File GAR 's Dave Roebuck drags Coughlin's Bob Delescavage into the end zone for a touchdown.
George Romney, Mitt's headstrong dad, stormed out of the 1964 Republican convention to protest the party's foot-dragging on civil rights.
And it's unclear how long Congress will let that process drag out.
Marvelous Wisconsin-style frozen custard and fruit sorbets on Del Ray's main drag.
Oregon State's Tyrequek Zimmerman drags down Oregon's De'Athony Thomas from behind.
ORANGE — Vacations and personal days are always a fun issue to tackle as the year drags on and the holidays approach.
2 years after Crippen's death, governing body still dragging feet on open water safety.
Dan told me that he had about 50 vehicles ranging from classics of the '50s and '60s to street rods and old drag cars.
Already an active sponsor in NASCAR racing, Grime Boss heavy-duty hand cleaning wipes are now on board with NHRA drag racing, specifically with Jim Dunn Racing's Funny Car team.
The only bright spot locally is in Tarrant County, where Democrats have a relatively low turnout, but they have managed to knock and drag to the polls double the number of.
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In science:

In this case, the horizontal shearing and dragging of the field lines generate s a strong toroidal field.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
Note that the last two terms on the left-hand side of Eq. (2.4b) represent the coupling between the frame-dragging and the stellar magnetic field, and that these terms originate from a purely general relativistic effect.
General Relativistic Modification of a Pulsar Electromagnetic Field
This is a remarkable result obtained by : due to the inertial-frame dragging effect the particles drop through the potential which is significantly larger than in the classical approach of (for P = 1 s it becomes 10 times larger).
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
The model with frame dragging effects , presented in a simplified form in subsection 4.2, does not take into account possible feed-back effect due to e± -pairs formed via photon absorption within open magnetic field lines.
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
At present it would be inappropriate to pursue this quantitative relationship too far since there may be subtle effects, such as transients in the early parts of our waveforms or frame dragging of the radiation.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
In the plane (d = 2) this describes a frontier rancher who is walking about and at each step increases his ranch by “dragging” with him the fence that defines it.
Random walks that avoid their past convex hull
We demonstrate drag reduction in the simple model, and explain analytically the main observations which include (i) reduction of velocity gradients for fixed throughput and (ii) increase of throughput for fixed dissipation.
A simple model for drag reduction
This “drag reduction” phenomenon has important practical implications besides being interesting from the fundamental point of view, integrating turbulence research with polymer physics.
A simple model for drag reduction
In spite of intense interest for an extended period of time [2, 3, 4], Sreenivasan and White recently concluded that “it is fair to say that the extensive - and continuing - activity has not produced a firm grasp of the mechanisms of drag reduction”.
A simple model for drag reduction
Recently however it was shown that drag reduction is observed in Direct Numerical Simulation of model viscoelastic hydrodynamic equations [5, 6, 7].
A simple model for drag reduction
We proceed now analytically to demonstrate drag reduction (point (ii)) and to understand the profile of R (point (iii)).
A simple model for drag reduction
For τ smaller than some critical value τc , the solution of the u R model shows stable stationary solutions with drag reduction.
A simple model for drag reduction
This is an indication that when R is not sufficiently suppressed where the gradient of u is significant, there can be drag enhancement.
A simple model for drag reduction
The increment of the velocity, which is responsible for the drag reduction, is proportional to sR0 .
A simple model for drag reduction
In summary, we have introduced a simple model of the effect of polymeric additives to Newtonian fluids, with the aim of understanding in simple mathematical terms some of the prominent features associated with the phenomenon of drag reduction.
A simple model for drag reduction
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