• (British) IPA: /dɹɑːft/
  • (America) IPA: /dɹæft/


  1. A current of air, usually coming into a room or vehicle.
  2. Draw through a flue of gasses (smoke) resulting from a combustion process.
  3. An act of drinking.
  4. The quantity of liquid (such as water, alcohol, or medicine) drunk in one swallow.
    ''to drink at a draft
    She took a deep draft from the bottle of water.
  5. A dose (of medicine, alcohol, etc.)
  6. Beer drawn from a cask or keg rather than a bottle or can.
  7. (nautical) Depth of water needed to float a ship; depth below the water line to the bottom of a vessel's hull; depth of water drawn by a vessel.
  8. An early version of a written work (such as a book or e-mail) or drawing.
    I have to revise the first draft of my term paper.
    His first drafts were better than most authors' final products.
  9. A preliminary sketch or outline for a plan.
  10. A cheque, an order for money to be paid.
  11. Conscription, the system of forcing people to serve in the military.
    He left the country to avoid the draft.
  12. (politics) A system of forcing or convincing people to take an elected position.
  13. (sports) A system of assigning rookie players to professional sports teams.
  14. (rail transport) The pulling force (tension) on couplers and draft gear during a slack stretched condition.
  15. The bevel given to the pattern for a casting, so that it can be drawn from the sand without damaging the mould.
  16. (possibly, archaic) The action or an act (especially of a beast of burden or vehicle) of pulling something along or back.
    using oxen for draft   shot forth an arrow with a mighty draft
  17. (possibly, archaic) The act of drawing in a net for fish.
  18. (possibly, archaic) That which is drawn in; a catch, a haul.
    he cast his net, which brought him a very great draft
  19. A quantity that is requisitioned or drawn out from a larger population.
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  • French: bière à la pression, pression (informal)
  • German: Fassbier, gezapftes Bier
  • Spanish: cerveza de barril
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draft (drafts, present participle drafting; past and past participle drafted)

  1. (transitive) To write a first version, make a preliminary sketch.
  2. To draw in outline; to make a draught, sketch, or plan of, as in architectural and mechanical drawing.
  3. To write a law.
  4. (transitive) To conscript a person, force a person to serve in some capacity, especially in the military.
    He was drafted during the Vietnam War.   There was a campaign to draft Smith to run for President.
    They drafted me to be the chairperson of the new committee.
  5. To select and separate an animal or animals from a group.
    The calves were drafted from the cows.
  6. (transitive, sports) To select a rookie player onto a professional sports team.
    After his last year of college football, he was drafted by the Miami Dolphins.
  7. (intransitive) To follow very closely behind another vehicle, thereby providing an aerodynamic advantage to both lead and follower and conserving energy or increasing speed.
  8. To draw out; to call forth.
  9. To draw fibers out of a clump, for spinning in the production of yarn.
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draft (not comparable)

  1. (not comparable) Referring to drinks on tap, in contrast to bottled.
    I'd rather have a fresh, cheap draft beer.
  2. Referring to animals used for pulling heavy loads.
    A Clydesdale is a draft horse.
  • French: au fût
  • German: vom Fass
  • Italian: alla spina
  • Spanish: de grifo, de baril
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