draw


draw
draw vb drag, *pull, tug, tow, haul, hale
Analogous words: *bring, fetch: *attract, allure: *lure, entice: extract, elicit, evoke, *educe
Contrasted words: see those at DRAG
draw n Draw, tie, stalemate, deadlock, standoff mean an indecisive ending to a contest or competition or a contest or competition ending indecisively.
Draw usually implies equally matched contestants who compete (as in fighting, performing, or playing) with equal skill and between whom there can be no clear decision as to the superiority of one or the other
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the prizefight ended in a draw

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the chess match was a draw

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Tie implies a numerical equality (as in the scores attained by competitors or contestants, or in the votes obtained by candidates for office); usually a tie does not remain indecisive, since provisions are often made (as by law or by the rules of a game) for reaching a decision when a tie occurs
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there was a tie between the two candidates for governor, which was decided by a vote of the legislature

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when a contest ends in a tie, a further match is often played to determine the winner

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Stalemate is fundamentally a term of chess which designates the position of a player when his king, although not in check, cannot be moved without being placed in check and the game is thereby drawn; in extended use, stalemate represents a condition from which neither contestant can derive an advantage
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was advised to cut his losses by withdrawing ... but refused, and expended much precious material there in a costly stalemateD. N. Rowe

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they believed that they could hold the triumvirs to a stalemate till hunger or sedition broke down their armies— Buchan

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Deadlock implies a counteraction or neutralization of the efforts of contending elements (as parties, forces, or factions) that leads to a stoppage of action; it connotes an immobilization because of the equal power of the opposing elements usually in a situation other than a formal competition or contest
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it often happens that one party has a majority in the Senate, another party in the House, and then ... a deadlock results— Bryce

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so the deadlock continues, and neither side is prepared to yield— Blanshard

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Standoff is an informal term usually for a draw or tie but sometimes for a situation where two opponents counteract or neutralize each other, so evenly are they matched
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they fought several hours to a standoff

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the availability of the bomb to the two greatest powers may mean a standoff as far as atomic war is concerned— Atlantic

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a standoff between the Communist party and the Army, a sort of uneasy truce with each watching the other carefully— L. Ryan

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  • draw — (dr[add]), v. t. [imp. {Drew} (dr[udd]); p. p. {Drawn} (dr[add]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Drawing}.] [OE. dra[yogh]en, drahen, draien, drawen, AS. dragan; akin to Icel. & Sw. draga, Dan. drage to draw, carry, and prob. to OS. dragan to bear, carry, D.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • draw — [drɔː ǁ drɒː] verb drew PASTTENSE [druː] drawn PASTPART [drɔːn ǁ drɒːn] [transitive] BANKING 1. also draw out to take money from your bank account …   Financial and business terms

  • Draw — Draw, v. i. 1. To pull; to exert strength in drawing anything; to have force to move anything by pulling; as, a horse draws well; the sails of a ship draw well. [1913 Webster] Note: A sail is said to draw when it is filled with wind. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • draw — [drô] vt. drew, drawn, drawing [ME drawen < OE dragan, akin to ON draga, to drag, Ger tragen, to bear, carry < IE base * dherāgh , to pull, draw along > L trahere, to pull, draw] I indicating traction 1. to make move toward one or along… …   English World dictionary

  • draw — vb drew, drawn, draw·ing vt 1: to compose by random selection draw a jury 2: to take (money) from a place of deposit 3: to write and sign (a draft) in due form for use in making a demand draw a check …   Law dictionary

  • Draw — Draw, draws or drawn may refer to: The act of drawing, or making an image with a writing utensil A part of many card games A part of a lottery Wire drawing Draw (terrain), terrain feature similar to a valley (but smaller) formed by two parallel… …   Wikipedia

  • draw — draw; draw·ee; draw·er; draw·man; re·draw; re·draw·er; un·draw; with·draw; with·draw·able; with·draw·al; with·draw·er; with·draw·ment; with·draw·ing·ness; …   English syllables

  • draw — ► VERB (past drew; past part. drawn) 1) produce (a picture or diagram) by making lines and marks on paper. 2) produce (a line) on a surface. 3) pull or drag (a vehicle) so as to make it follow behind. 4) pull or move in a specified direction. 5)… …   English terms dictionary

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