• (British) IPA: /dɹæɡ/


  1. (uncountable) Resistance of the air (or some other fluid) to something moving through it.
    When designing cars, manufacturers have to take drag into consideration.
  2. (countable, foundry) The bottom part of a sand casting mold.
  3. (countable) A device dragged along the bottom of a body of water in search of something, e.g. a dead body, or in fishing.
  4. (countable, informal) A puff on a cigarette or joint.
  5. (countable, slang) Someone or something that is annoying or frustrating, or disappointing; an obstacle to progress or enjoyment.
    Travelling to work in the rush hour is a real drag.
    • My lectures were only a pleasure to me, and no drag.
  6. (countable, slang) A long open horse-drawn carriage with transverse or side seats. [from mid-18th c.]
    • 1899, Kate Chopin, The Awakening:
      Alcee Arobin and Mrs. Highcamp called for her one bright afternoon in Arobin's drag.
  7. (countable, slang) Street, as in 'main drag'. [from mid-19th c.]
  8. (countable) The scent-path left by dragging a fox, or some other substance such as aniseed, for training hounds to follow scents.
    to run a drag
  9. (countable, snooker) A large amount of backspin on the cue ball, causing the cue ball to slow down.
  10. A heavy harrow for breaking up ground.
  11. A kind of sledge for conveying heavy objects; also, a kind of low car or handcart.
    a stone drag
  12. (metallurgy) The bottom part of a flask or mould, the upper part being the cope.
  13. (masonry) A steel instrument for completing the dressing of soft stone.
  14. (nautical) 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.
  15. Anything towed in the water to retard a ship's progress, or to keep her head up to the wind; especially, a canvas bag with a hooped mouth (drag sail), so used.
  16. A skid or shoe for retarding the motion of a carriage wheel.
  17. Motion affected with slowness and difficulty, as if clogged.
    • Had a drag in his walk.
  18. Witch house music.
  19. The last position in a line of hikers.
  20. (aviation, aerodynamics) The act of suppressing wind flow to slow an aircraft in flight, as by use of flaps when landing.
  21. (billiards) A push somewhat under the centre of the cue ball, causing it to follow the object ball a short way.
  22. A device for guiding wood to the saw.
  23. (historical) A mailcoach.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: дра́га
Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: обу́за

drag (drags, present participle dragging; past and past participle dragged)

  1. (transitive) To pull along a surface or through a medium, sometimes with difficulty.
    Let's drag this load of wood over to the shed.
    The misbehaving child was dragged out of the classroom.
  2. To move onward heavily, laboriously, or slowly; to advance with weary effort; to go on lingeringly.
    Time seems to drag when you’re waiting for a bus.
    • The day drags through, though storms keep out the sun.
    • Long, open panegyric drags at best.
  3. To act or proceed slowly or without enthusiasm; to be reluctant.
  4. To draw along (something burdensome); hence, to pass in pain or with difficulty.
    • have dragged a lingering life
  5. 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.
  6. (computing) To move (an item) on the computer display by means of a mouse or other input device.
    Drag the file into the window to open it.
  7. (chiefly of a vehicle) To unintentionally rub or scrape on a surface.
    The car was so low to the ground that its muffler was dragging on a speed bump.
  8. (soccer) To hit or kick off target.
    • 2012, David Ornstein, BBC Sport, "Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham" , November 17
      Arsenal were struggling for any sort of rhythm and Aaron Lennon dragged an effort inches wide as Tottenham pressed for a second.
  9. To fish with a dragnet.
  10. To search for something, as a lost object or body, by dragging something along the bottom of a body of water.
  11. To break (land) by drawing a drag or harrow over it; to harrow.
    Synonyms: harrow
  12. (figurative) To search exhaustively, as if with a dragnet.
    • 1847, Alfred Tennyson, The Princess: A Medley, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 2024748 ↗, (please specify ):
      while I dragged my brains for such a song
  13. (slang) To roast, say negative things about, or call attention to the flaws of (someone).
    Synonyms: criticize, Thesaurus:criticize
    You just drag him 'cause he's got more money than you.
Related terms Translations Translations
  • German: sich ziehen, sich dahinziehen
  • Russian: тащи́ться
Translations Noun

drag (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable, slang) Women's clothing worn by men for the purpose of entertainment. [from late 19th c.]
    He performed in drag.
  2. (countable, slang) A men's party attended in women's clothing. [from early 20th c.]
  3. (uncountable, slang) Any type of clothing or costume associated with a particular occupation or subculture.
    corporate drag
Translations Verb

drag (drags, present participle dragging; past and past participle dragged)

  1. To perform as a drag queen or drag king.

This text is extracted from the Wiktionary and it is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license | Terms and conditions | Privacy policy 0.003
Offline English dictionary