Definition for DRAUGHT

DRAUGHT, n. [draft; from draw, drag.]

  1. The act of drawing; as, a horse or ox fit for draught.
  2. The quality of being drawn; as, a cart or plow of easy draught.
  3. The drawing of liquor into the mouth and throat; the act of drinking.
  4. The quantity of liquor drank at once.
  5. The act of delineating, or that which is delineated; a representation by lines, as the figure of a house, a machine, a fort, &c. described on paper. [Qu. Ir. dreach, W. dryc.] – Encyc.
  6. Representation by picture; figure painted, or drawn by the pencil. – Dryden.
  7. The act of drawing a net; a sweeping for fish.
  8. That which is taken by sweeping with a net; as, a draught of fishes. Luke v.
  9. The drawing or bending of a bow; the act of shooting with a bow and arrow. – Camden.
  10. The act of drawing men from a military band, army, or post; also, the forces drawn; a detachment. [See Draft, which is more generally used.]
  11. A sink or drain. – Matth. xv.
  12. An order for the payment of money; a bill of exchange. [See Draft.]
  13. 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.
  14. In England, a small allowance on weighable goods, made by the king to the importer, or by the seller to the buyer, to insure full weight. – Encyc.
  15. A sudden attack or drawing on an enemy. [Query.] – Spenser.
  16. A writing composed.
  17. Draughts, a kind of game resembling chess.
  18. A sinapism; a mild vesicatory.

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