Definition: Drawing

From New World Encyclopedia


From Middle English drauing, drawing, equivalent to draw + -ing.


drawing (countable and uncountable, plural drawings)

  1. A picture, likeness, diagram, or representation, usually drawn on paper.
  2. The act of producing such a picture.
  3. Such acts practiced as a graphic art form.
  4. The process of drawing or pulling something.
  5. An act or event in which the outcome (e.g., designating a winner) is selected by chance in the form of a blind draw, notably of lots; especially such a contest in which a winning name or number is selected randomly by removing (or drawing) it from a container, popularly a hat.
  6. A small portion of tea for steeping.

Usage notes

This word is also the present participle of the verb "draw."

Derived terms

  • drawing board
  • drawing office
  • ledger drawing
  • life drawing
  • poker drawing
  • schematic drawing
  • technical drawing
  • working drawing

Related terms


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