Definitions for: Pull


[n] the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you; "the pull up the hill had him breathing harder"; "his strenuous pulling strained his back"
[n] a sustained effort; "it was a long pull but we made it"
[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] a device used for pulling something; "he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer"
[n] special advantage or influence; "the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull"
[n] the force used in pulling; "the pull of the moon"; "the pull of the current"
[n] a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"
[v] strain abnormally; "I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up"; "The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition"
[v] take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for; "We all rooted for the home team"; "I'm pulling for the underdog"; "Are you siding with the defender of the title?"
[v] take away; "pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf"
[v] cause to move along the ground by pulling; "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"
[v] draw or pull out, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense; "pull weeds"; "extract a bad tooth"; "take out a splinter"; "extract information from the telegram"
[v] strip of feathers; "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon"
[v] baseball: hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing; "pull the ball"
[v] direct toward itself or oneself; "Her good looks attract the stares of many men"; "The ad pulled in many potential customers"; "This pianist pulls huge crowds"; "The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers"
[v] tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips"
[v] apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion; "Pull the rope"; "Pull the handle towards you"; "pull the string gently"; "pull the trigger of the gun"; "pull your kneees towards your chin"
[v] rein in to keep from winning a race; "pull a horse"
[v] operate when rowing a boat; "pull the oars"
[v] bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover; "draw a weapon"; "pull out a gun"; "The mugger pulled a knife on his victim"
[v] steer into a certain direction; of a vehicle; "pull one's horse to a stand"; "Pull the car over"
[v] move into a certain direction; of a car; "The van pulled up"
[v] cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense; "A declining dollar pulled down the export figures for the last quarter"
[v] perform an act, usually with a negative connotation; "perpetrate a crime"; "pull a bank robbery"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pull, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pulled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Pulling.] [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall,
piol, spiol.]
1. To draw, or attempt to draw, toward one; to draw forcibly.

Ne'er pull your hat upon your brows. --Shak.

He put forth his hand . . . and pulled her in.
--Gen. viii.
9.

2. To draw apart; to tear; to rend.

He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in
pieces; he hath made me desolate. --Lam. iii.
11.

3. To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward one; to
pluck; as, to pull fruit; to pull flax; to pull a finch.

4. To move or operate by the motion of drawing towards one;
as, to pull a bell; to pull an oar.

5. (Horse Racing) To hold back, and so prevent from winning;
as, the favorite was pulled.

6. (Print.) To take or make, as a proof or impression; --
hand presses being worked by pulling a lever.

7. (Cricket) To strike the ball in a particular manner. See
Pull, n., 8.

Never pull a straight fast ball to leg. --R. H.
Lyttelton.

To pull and haul, to draw hither and thither. `` Both are
equally pulled and hauled to do that which they are unable
to do. '' --South.

To pull down, to demolish; to destroy; to degrade; as, to
pull down a house. `` In political affairs, as well as
mechanical, it is easier to pull down than build up.''
--Howell. `` To raise the wretched, and pull down the
proud.'' --Roscommon.

To pull a finch. See under Finch.

To pull off, take or draw off.


Pull, v. i.
To exert one's self in an act or motion of drawing or
hauling; to tug; as, to pull at a rope.

To pull apart, to become separated by pulling; as, a rope
will pull apart.

To pull up, to draw the reins; to stop; to halt.

To pull through, to come successfully to the end of a
difficult undertaking, a dangerous sickness, or the like.


Pull, n.
1. The act of pulling or drawing with force; an effort to
move something by drawing toward one.

I awakened with a violent pull upon the ring which
was fastened at the top of my box. --Swift.

2. A contest; a struggle; as, a wrestling pull. --Carew.

3. A pluck; loss or violence suffered. [Poetic]

Two pulls at once; His lady banished, and a limb
lopped off. --Shak.

4. A knob, handle, or lever, etc., by which anything is
pulled; as, a drawer pull; a bell pull.

5. The act of rowing; as, a pull on the river. [Colloq.]

6. The act of drinking; as, to take a pull at the beer, or
the mug. [Slang] --Dickens.

7. Something in one's favor in a comparison or a contest; an
advantage; means of influencing; as, in weights the
favorite had the pull. [Slang]

8. (Cricket) A kind of stroke by which a leg ball is sent to
the off side, or an off ball to the side.

The pull is not a legitimate stroke, but bad
cricket. --R. A.
Proctor.

Synonyms: commit, deplumate, deplume, displume, draw, draw out, extract, force, get out, overstretch, perpetrate, pluck, puff, pull out, pull out, pull up, pulling, rend, rip, rive, root, side, take out, take out, tear, twist, wrench

Antonyms: beat back, drive, force back, push, push back, repel, repulse

See Also: abduct, act, actuation, adduct, advantage, arrest, aspiration, attract, back, bellpull, breathing in, bring, bust, cart, catch, cut in, demodulate, deracination, device, dismantle, displace, displace, draft, drag, drag, draught, draw, draw back, draw close, draw in, drawing, drive, effort, elbow grease, endorse, excision, exertion, extirpation, force, get, hale, harm, haul, haul, haulage, hike up, hit, hitch up, hurt, inhalation, injure, injury, inspiration, jerk, jerk, level, make, move, move, move, pick, pick at, pick off, pluck, pluck at, plump for, plunk, plunk for, propulsion, pull along, pull at, pull back, pull chain, pull down, pull in, pull off, rase, raze, recommit, rein, rein in, remove, remove, remove, row, rupture, schlep, shlep, smoke, smoking, snap, sprain, squeeze out, stretch, strip, support, sweat, take, take, take, take away, take away, take away, take down, tear down, toke, traction, trauma, travail, tug, tug, tweak, twist, twitch, unsheathe, vantage, winch, withdraw, withdraw, withdraw, wound, wrench, wring out, yank

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