• WordNet 3.6
    • v draught make a blueprint of
    • n draught the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling
    • n draught a large and hurried swallow "he finished it at a single gulp"
    • n draught a dose of liquid medicine "he took a sleeping draft"
    • n draught the depth of a vessel's keel below the surface (especially when loaded)
    • n draught a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg "they served beer on draft"
    • n draught a current of air (usually coming into a chimney or room or vehicle)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Draught A current of air moving through an inclosed place, as through a room or up a chimney.
    • Draught A mild vesicatory; a sinapism; as, to apply draughts to the feet.
    • Draught A move, as at chess or checkers.
    • Draught A sink or drain; a privy.
    • Draught A sketch, outline, or representation, whether written, designed, or drawn; a delineation.
    • Draught A sudden attack or drawing upon an enemy.
    • Draught A team of oxen or horses.
    • Draught Act of drawing a net; a sweeping the water for fish.
    • Draught (Com) An allowance on weighable goods. Eng See Draft, 4.
    • Draught An order for the payment of money; -- in this sense almost always written draft.
    • Draught Capacity of being drawn; force necessary to draw; traction. "The Hertfordshire wheel plow . . . is of the easiest draught ."
    • Draught Drawn directly from the barrel, or other receptacle, in distinction from bottled; on draught; -- said of ale, cider, and the like.
    • Draught Relating to, or characterized by, a draft, or current of air.
    • Draught (Masonry) See Draft n., 7.
    • Draught That which draws
    • Draught That which is drawn
    • Draught That which is taken by sweeping with a net.
    • Draught The act of drawing liquor into the mouth and throat; the act of drinking.
    • Draught The act of drawing or pulling
    • Draught The act of drawing up, marking out, or delineating; representation.
    • Draught The act of moving loads by drawing, as by beasts of burden, and the like.
    • Draught The act of selecting or detaching soldiers; a draft (see Draft n., 2
    • Draught The bevel given to the pattern for a casting, in order that it may be drawn from the sand without injury to the mold.
    • Draught (Naut) The depth of water necessary to float a ship, or the depth a ship sinks in water, especially when laden; as, a ship of twelve feet draught .
    • Draught The drawing of a bowstring.
    • Draught The force drawn; a detachment; -- in this sense usually written draft.
    • Draught The quantity drawn in at once in drinking; a potion or potation.
    • Draught To diminish or exhaust by drawing. "The Parliament so often draughted and drained."
    • Draught To draw in outline; to make a draught, sketch, or plan of, as in architectural and mechanical drawing.
    • Draught To draw out; to call forth. See Draft.
    • Draught Used for drawing vehicles, loads, etc.; as, a draught beast; draught hooks.
    • Draught Used in making drawings; as, draught compasses.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • draught See draft.
    • n draught See draff.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Draught dräft act of drawing: force needed to draw: the act of drinking: the quantity drunk at a time: outline of a picture: that which is taken in a net by drawing: a chosen detachment of men: a current of air: the depth to which a ship sinks in the water
    • v.t Draught (more commonly Draft), to draw out
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  • John Gay
    “Fill it up. I take as large draughts of liquor as I did of love. I hate a flincher in either.”
  • Charlotte Bronte
    “Feeling without judgment is a washy draught indeed; but judgment untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “One drop of hatred left in the cup of joy turns the most blissful draught into poison.”
  • George Eliot
    “More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
The same as draft, the spelling with gh, indicating an older pronunciation. See Draft (n.) Draw


In literature:

The draught was cold as ice and refreshed her marvellously.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
It is this," and he filled his glass; "it is the draught beer.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Will you prepare a composing draught for her it once?
"A Girl in Ten Thousand" by L. T. Meade
Charles took a long deep draught, and with brightened eyes praised the delicious drink.
"Legends of the Rhine" by Wilhelm Ruland
Indeed, my parched tongue made me feel that without a draught of water I could scarcely swallow food.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
He sucked in three draughts of smoke, spat again and then acknowledged the sergeant's greeting.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
I would have given anything for a draught of water; but how was I to obtain it.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
The dimensions of every separate piece of timber I knew by the sheer-draught which lay before me.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
The draught of these two boats was about nine feet.
"The Gulf and Inland Waters" by A. T. Mahan
As he did so, a strong draught swept his desk.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
The day had somehow been a foretaste of war; the men had a new idea of the draught and of the depth of the cup.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
And when she was left alone she hastened to drink a sleeping draught which she had already prepared in secret.
"Stories from the Ballads" by Mary MacGregor
With this he felt he could regulate the draught and protect himself while removing his crucibles of metal.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
We had not quite reached the head of the corridor when the draught blew out the candle.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
But you must now take your draught, my dear sir, and your pill first.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Soon Brett and Fairholme found themselves in the street, and again did the barrister draw in deep and invigorating draughts of Paris air.
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
The fire burned clear in the grate; and when the screen was up, there were no draughts.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
It will be seen from this of how light draught the steamer was.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
So she ate, and drank a long draught of the cool water.
"The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5" by Theophile Gautier
I feel a draught on my legs.
"A Royal Prisoner" by Pierre Souvestre

In poetry:

What of thine and mine,
What of want and wealth,
When one faith is wine
For my heart and thine
And one draught is health?
"Christmas Antiphones" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The sparkling draught is dried away,
The hour of rest is gone,
And urgent voices, round us, say,
" Ho, lingerer, hasten on !"
"Winter Stores" by Charlotte Bronte
Truly, their cup of gall o'erflows!
But, when the spite of men
Adds poison to the draught of woes,
Who, who can drink it then?
"Cruelty" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
And over all the golden haze
Soft wraps the brown Earth in a dream,
While every breath across the fields
Rich draughts of rare wines seem.
"Through October Fields" by James Edwin Campbell
"Poor world," she cried, "so deep accurst
That runn'st from pole to pole
To seek a draught to slake thy thirst -
Go, seek it in thy soul!"
"The Pagan World" by Matthew Arnold
They gave him a bed by the entrance;
No room in the ward could be found.
Strong iodine vapour pervaded
The draught from the windows around.
"In Hospital" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

In addition to their well curated selection of bottles, you can now get draught beer to go.
Effects of the 2012 Draught .
Commercials we're sold on: Carlton Draught .
An Australian beer company Carlton Draught has created a masterpiece in advertising with their new add campaign 'Beer Chase.
Take a tour through Shepherd Park Draught House's own rock 'n' roll shrine.
Beer enthusiasts seeking a sophisticated draught beer-drinking experience at home have found their answer with the BeerTender, now available nationwide at retail locations and online stores.
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium.
Carlton Draught may have made the best beer commercial ever when they put 'Beer Chase' together.
Beer enthusiasts seeking a sophisticated draught beer -drinking experience at home have found their answer with the BeerTender, now available nationwide at retail locations and online stores.
Itto, Draughts , Harps of Tartarus, Half Milk, Mountains for Clouds.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium.
THIS MONTH'S PUZZLER We're trying to establish the start-up procedure for burners in a natural draught incinerator .
Opens its doors (and draughts) in Trinity Groves.
Effects of the 2012 Draught.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium .