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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Drag  \Drag\,  n.  [See  {Drag},  v.  t.,  and  cf  {Dray}  a  cart,  and 
  1st  {Dredge}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  dragging;  anything  which  is  dragged. 
 
  2.  A  net,  or  an  apparatus,  to  be  drawn  along  the  bottom  under 
  water,  as  in  fishing,  searching  for  drowned  persons,  etc 
 
  3.  A  kind  of  sledge  for  conveying  heavy  bodies;  also  a  kind 
  of  low  car  or  handcart;  as  a  stone  drag. 
 
  4.  A  heavy  coach  with  seats  on  top  also  a  heavy  carriage. 
  [Collog.]  --Thackeray. 
 
  5.  A  heavy  harrow,  for  breaking  up  ground. 
 
  6. 
  a  Anything  towed  in  the  water  to  retard  a  ship's 
  progress,  or  to  keep  her  head  up  to  the  wind;  esp.,  a 
  canvas  bag  with  a  hooped  mouth,  so  used  See  {Drag 
  sail}  (below). 
  b  Also  a  skid  or  shoe,  for  retarding  the  motion  of  a 
  carriage  wheel. 
  c  Hence  anything  that  retards;  a  clog;  an  obstacle  to 
  progress  or  enjoyment. 
 
  My  lectures  were  only  a  pleasure  to  me  and  no 
  drag.  --J.  D. 
  Forbes. 
 
  7.  Motion  affected  with  slowness  and  difficulty,  as  if 
  clogged.  ``Had  a  drag  in  his  walk.''  --  Hazlitt. 
 
  8.  (Founding)  The  bottom  part  of  a  flask  or  mold,  the  upper 
  part  being  the  cope. 
 
  9.  (Masonry)  A  steel  instrument  for  completing  the  dressing 
  of  soft  stone. 
 
  10.  (Marine  Engin.)  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.  See  Citation 
  under  {Drag},  v.  i.,  3. 
 
  {Drag  sail}  (Naut.),  a  sail  or  canvas  rigged  on  a  stout 
  frame,  to  be  dragged  by  a  vessel  through  the  water  in 
  order  to  keep  her  head  to  the  wind  or  to  prevent  drifting; 
  --  called  also  {drift  sail},  {drag  sheet},  {drag  anchor}, 
  {sea  anchor},  {floating  anchor},  etc 
 
  {Drag  twist}  (Mining),  a  spiral  hook  at  the  end  of  a  rod  for 
  cleaning  drilled  holes. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Drag  \Drag\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  be  drawn  along  as  a  rope  or  dress,  on  the  ground;  to 
  trail;  to  be  moved  onward  along  the  ground,  or  along  the 
  bottom  of  the  sea,  as  an  anchor  that  does  not  hold 
 
  2.  To  move  onward  heavily,  laboriously,  or  slowly;  to  advance 
  with  weary  effort;  to  go  on  lingeringly. 
 
  The  day  drags  through  though  storms  keep  out  the 
  sun.  --Byron. 
 
  Long,  open  panegyric  drags  at  best.  --  Gay. 
 
  3.  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  --Russell. 
 
  4.  To  fish  with  a  dragnet. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Drag  \Drag\,  n.  [See  3d  {Dredge}.] 
  A  confection;  a  comfit;  a  drug.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Drag  \Drag\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Dragged};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Dragging}.]  [OE.  draggen;  akin  to  Sw  dragga  to  search  with 
  a  grapnel,  fr  dragg  grapnel,  fr  draga  to  draw,  the  same 
  word  as  E.  draw.  ?  See  {Draw}.] 
  1.  To  draw  slowly  or  heavily  onward;  to  pull  along  the  ground 
  by  main  force;  to  haul;  to  trail;  --  applied  to  drawing 
  heavy  or  resisting  bodies  or  those  inapt  for  drawing,  with 
  labor,  along  the  ground  or  other  surface;  as  to  drag 
  stone  or  timber;  to  drag  a  net  in  fishing. 
 
  Dragged  by  the  cords  which  through  his  feet  were 
  thrust.  --Denham. 
 
  The  grossness  of  his  nature  will  have  weight  to  drag 
  thee  down  --Tennyson. 
 
  A  needless  Alexandrine  ends  the  song  That  like  a 
  wounded  snake,  drags  its  slow  length  along  --Pope. 
 
  2.  To  break,  as  land,  by  drawing  a  drag  or  harrow  over  it  to 
  harrow;  to  draw  a  drag  along  the  bottom  of  as  a  stream  or 
  other  water;  hence  to  search,  as  by  means  of  a  drag. 
 
  Then  while  I  dragged  my  brains  for  such  a  song. 
  --Tennyson. 
 
  3.  To  draw  along  as  something  burdensome;  hence  to  pass  in 
  pain  or  with  difficulty. 
 
  Have  dragged  a  lingering  life.  --  Dryden. 
 
  {To  drag  an  anchor}  (Naut.),  to  trail  it  along  the  bottom 
  when  the  anchor  will  not  hold  the  ship. 
 
  Syn:  See  {Draw}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  drag 
  n  1:  the  phenomenon  of  resistance  to  motion  through  a  fluid  [syn: 
  {retarding  force}] 
  2:  a  slow  inhalation  (as  of  tobacco  smoke);  "he  took  a  puff  on 
  his  pipe";  "he  took  a  drag  on  his  cigarette  and  expelled 
  the  smoke  slowly"  [syn:  {puff},  {pull}] 
  3:  the  act  of  dragging  (pulling  with  force);  "the  drag  up  the 
  hill  exhausted  him" 
  v  1:  pull  as  against  a  resistance;  "The  sleigh  was  drawn  by  four 
  reindeer";  "These  worries  were  dragging  at  him" 
  2:  draw  slowly  or  heavily;  "haul  stones";  "haul  nets"  [syn:  {haul}, 
  {cart}] 
  3:  force  into  some  kind  of  situation,  condition,  or  course  of 
  action  "They  were  swept  up  by  the  events";  "don't  drag  me 
  into  this  business"  [syn:  {embroil},  {tangle},  {sweep},  {sweep 
  up},  {drag  in}] 
  4:  move  slowly  and  as  if  with  great  effort 
  5:  to  lag  or  linger  behind:  "But  in  so  many  other  areas  we 
  still  are  dragging."  [syn:  {trail},  {get  behind},  {hang 
  back},  {drop  behind}] 
  6:  suck  in  or  take  as  of  air;  "draw  a  deep  breath";  draw  on  a 
  cigarette"  [syn:  {puff},  {draw}] 
  7:  use  a  computer  mouse  to  move  icons  on  the  screen  and  select 
  commands  from  a  menu;  "drag  this  icon  to  the  lower  right 
  hand  corner  of  the  screen" 
  8:  walk  without  lifting  the  feet  [syn:  {scuff}] 
  9:  drag,  usually  the  bottom  of  a  body  of  water  [syn:  {dredge}] 
  10:  persuade  to  to  come  away  from  something  attractive  or 
  interesting;  "He  dragged  me  away  from  the  television  set" 
  11:  proceed  for  an  extended  period  of  time;  "The  speech  dragged 
  on  for  two  hours"  [syn:  {drag  on},  {drag  out}] 




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