Definitions for: Drag

[n] the act of dragging (pulling with force); "the drag up the hill exhausted him"
[n] 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"
[n] the phenomenon of resistance to motion through a fluid
[v] proceed for an extended period of time; "The speech dragged on for two hours"
[v] persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting; "He dragged me away from the television set"
[v] suck in or take, as of air; "draw a deep breath"; "draw on a cigarette"
[v] pull, as against a resistance; "He dragged the big suitcase behind him"; "These worries were dragging at him"
[v] search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost
[v] draw slowly or heavily; "haul stones"; "haul nets"
[v] walk without lifting the feet
[v] to lag or linger behind; "But in so many other areas we still are dragging."
[v] move slowly and as if with great effort
[v] 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"
[v] 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"

Webster (1913) Definition: Drag, n. [See 3d Dredge.]
A confection; a comfit; a drug. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

(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.

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.

Synonyms: cart, drag in, drag on, drag out, draw, dredge, drop behind, embroil, get behind, hale, hang back, haul, puff, puff, retarding force, scuff, sweep, sweep up, tangle, trail

See Also: aspiration, bouse, bowse, breathe in, breathing in, dawdle, displace, drag, drag in, draw, embroil, fall back, fall behind, force, go, go, inhalation, inhale, inspiration, inspire, involve, lag, locomote, look for, move, persuade, proceed, pull, pull, pull along, pulling, resistance, schlep, scuffle, search, seek, shamble, shlep, shuffle, smoke, smoke, smoking, sonic barrier, sound barrier, sway, sweep, sweep up, tangle, toke, trail, train, travel, windage

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