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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Drag \Drag\, noun [See 3d {Dredge}.] A confection; a comfit; a drug. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Drag \Drag\, verb (used with an object) [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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Drag \Drag\, verb (used without an object)

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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Drag \Drag\, noun [See {Drag}, verb (used with an object), 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}, verb (used without an object), 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 WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

drag

noun

1: the phenomenon of resistance to motion through a fluid [syn: {drag}, {retarding force}]

2: something that slows or delays progress; "taxation is a drag on the economy"; "too many laws are a drag on the use of new land"

3: something tedious and boring; "peeling potatoes is a drag"

4: clothing that is conventionally worn by the opposite sex (especially women's clothing when worn by a man); "he went to the party dressed in drag"; "the waitresses looked like missionaries in drag"

5: 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}, {drag}, {pull}]

6: the act of dragging (pulling with force); "the drag up the hill exhausted him"

verb

1: pull, as against a resistance; "He dragged the big suitcase behind him"; "These worries were dragging at him"

2: draw slowly or heavily; "haul stones"; "haul nets" [syn: {haul}, {hale}, {cart}, {drag}]

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}, {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: {drag}, {trail}, {get behind}, {hang back}, {drop behind}, {drop back}]

6: suck in or take (air); "draw a deep breath"; "draw on a cigarette" [syn: {puff}, {drag}, {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}, {drag}]

9: search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost [syn: {dredge}, {drag}]

10: persuade 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}, {drag on}, {drag out}]


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