draft [1] NOUN 1) a preliminary version of a piece of writing. 2) a plan or sketch. 3) a written order to pay a specified sum. 4) (the draft) chiefly US compulsory recruitment for military service.
VERB 1) prepare a preliminary version of (a text). 2) select (a person or group) and bring them somewhere for a purpose. 3) US conscript for military service.
DERIVATIVES drafter noun.
ORIGIN phonetic spelling of DRAUGHT(Cf. ↑draught).
draft [2] (Brit. draught) NOUN 1) a current of cool air in a room or confined space. 2) a single act of drinking or inhaling. 3) literary or archaic a quantity of a liquid with medicinal properties: a sleeping draft. 4) the depth of water needed to float a particular ship. 5) the drawing in of a fishing net.
ADJECTIVE 1) denoting beer served from a cask rather than from a bottle or can. 2) denoting an animal used for pulling heavy loads.
ORIGIN Old Norse.

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