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Related to drafts: checkers, bank drafts
2. The depth of water that a vessel requires to float freely; the depth of a vessel from the water line to the keel. See also active duty; Military Service; watercraft.
Draft, Draughta load; the quantity drawn forward; a chosen detachment of men. See also detachment, detail.
Draught and draft are both pronounced (/drɑːft/).
In British English, a draught is a current of air coming into a room or vehicle.
In American English, this is spelled draft.
In British English, draughts is a game played by two people with round pieces on a board like a chessboard. This game is called checkers in American English.
In both British and American English, a draft of a letter, book, or speech is an early version of it.
Draft can also be a verb. In both British and American English, when people are drafted somewhere, they are moved there to do a particular job.
In American English, if you are drafted, you are ordered to serve in one of the armed forces.
In British English, you usually say that someone is called up.
Past participle: drafted
|Noun||1.||draft - a document ordering the payment of money; drawn by one person or bank on another|
negotiable instrument - an unconditional order or promise to pay an amount of money
overdraft - a draft in excess of the credit balance
foreign bill, foreign draft - a bill of exchange that is drawn in one country and made payable in another
inland bill - a bill of exchange that is both drawn and made payable in the same country
redraft - a draft for the amount of a dishonored draft plus the costs and charges of drafting again
trade acceptance - a bill of exchange for a specific purchase; drawn on the buyer by the seller and bearing the buyer's acceptance
dividend warrant - an order of payment (such as a check payable to a shareholder) in which a dividend is paid
money order, postal order - a written order for the payment of a sum to a named individual; obtainable and payable at a post office
bank check, check, cheque - a written order directing a bank to pay money; "he paid all his bills by check"
|2.||draft - a current of air (usually coming into a chimney or room or vehicle)|
updraft - a strong upward air current
downdraft - a strong downward air current
|3.||draft - a preliminary sketch of a design or picture|
|4.||draft - a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg; "they served beer on draft"|
quaff - a hearty draft
drink - a single serving of a beverage; "I asked for a hot drink"; "likes a drink before dinner"
|5.||draft - any of the various versions in the development of a written work; "a preliminary draft"; "the final draft of the constitution"|
|6.||draft - the depth of a vessel's keel below the surface (especially when loaded)|
|7.||draft - a regulator for controlling the flow of air in a fireplace|
regulator - any of various controls or devices for regulating or controlling fluid flow, pressure, temperature, etc.
|8.||draft - a dose of liquid medicine; "he took a sleeping draft"|
|9.||draft - compulsory military service |
militarisation, militarization, mobilization, mobilisation - act of assembling and putting into readiness for war or other emergency: "mobilization of the troops"
|10.||draft - a large and hurried swallow; "he finished it at a single gulp"|
|11.||draft - the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling|
|Verb||1.||draft - draw up an outline or sketch for something; "draft a speech"|
authorship, penning, writing, composition - the act of creating written works; "writing was a form of therapy for him"; "it was a matter of disputed authorship"
|2.||draft - engage somebody to enter the army|
levy, recruit, raise - cause to assemble or enlist in the military; "raise an army"; "recruit new soldiers"
|3.||draft - make a blueprint of|
the draft (US) (Mil) (= conscription) → la llamada a filas, el servicio militar
draft bill N → anteproyecto m de ley
draft board N (US) (Mil) → junta f de reclutamiento
draft card N (US) (Mil) → cartilla f militar
draft dodger N (US) (Mil) → prófugo m
draft excluder N (US) → burlete m
draft law N = draft bill draft horse (US) N → caballo m de tiro
draft letter N → borrador m de carta; (more formal) → proyecto m de carta
draft version N → versión f preliminar
draft letter → prima stesura (di una lettera)