- a preliminary version of a piece of writing；a plan, sketch, or rough drawing.
- prepare a preliminary version of (a document)；select (a person or group of people) and bring them somewhere for a certain purpose
- denoting beer or other drink that is kept in and served from a barrel or tank rather than from a bottle or can；denoting an animal used for pulling heavy loads
verb: draft, 3rd person present: drafts, gerund or present participle: drafting, past tense: drafted, past participle: drafted
noun: draft, plural noun: drafts
- 1. a preliminary version of a piece of writing the first draft of the party's manifesto a draft document
- ▪ a plan, sketch, or rough drawing.
- ▪ a mode of operation of a printer in which text is produced rapidly but with relatively low definition.
- 2. US compulsory recruitment for military service 25 million men were subject to the draft draft cards
- ▪ North American a procedure whereby new or existing sports players are made available for selection or reselection by the teams in a league, usually with the earlier choices being given to the weaker teams.
- ▪ rare a group or individual selected from a larger group for a special duty, e.g., for military service.
- 3. a current of cool air in a room or other confined space heavy curtains at the windows cut out drafts
- 4. the action or act of pulling something along, especially a vehicle or farm implement.
- 5. a written order to pay a specified sum; a check.
- 6. a single act of drinking or inhaling she downed the remaining beer in one draft
- ▪ the amount swallowed or inhaled in a single act of drinking or inhaling he took deep drafts of oxygen into his lungs
- 7. the depth of water needed to float a ship the shallow draft enabled her to get close to shore
- 8. the drawing in of a fishing net.
- ▪ the fish taken at one drawing; a catch.
- 1. prepare a preliminary version of (a document) I drafted a letter of resignation
- 2. select (a person or group of people) and bring them somewhere for a certain purpose he was drafted to help with the task force on best safety practices
- ▪ US conscript (someone) for military service he was drafted in 1938
- ▪ North American select (a player) for a sports team through the draft he was drafted by Winnipeg and traded the following spring
- 3. pull or draw.
- 4. benefit from reduced wind resistance by driving very closely behind another vehicle.
- 1. denoting beer or other drink that is kept in and served from a barrel or tank rather than from a bottle or can draft beer
- 2. denoting an animal used for pulling heavy loads draft oxen