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Definition of the noun drawing

What does drawing mean as a name of something?

Drawing is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: drawings

  1. an illustration that is drawn by hand and published in a book, magazine, or newspaper
    • example: it is shown by the drawing in Fig. 7
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic terms: art / artwork / graphics / nontextual matter = photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication
    • more specific word: frame = a single drawing in a comic strip
  2. a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines
    • examples: drawings of abstract forms | he did complicated pen-and-ink drawings like medieval miniatures
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: representation = a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
    • more specific terms:
      • charcoal = a drawing made with a stick of black carbon material
      • line drawing / delineation / depiction / limning = a drawing of the outlines of forms or objects
      • diagram = a drawing intended to explain how something works
      • mechanical drawing = scale drawing of a machine or architectural plan etc,
      • pen-and-ink = a drawing executed with pen and ink
      • architectural plan / plan = scale drawing of a structure
      • rendering = perspective drawing of an architect's design
      • scrabble / scribble / doodle = an aimless drawing
      • silhouette = a drawing of the outline of an object
      • silverpoint = a drawing made on specially prepared paper with an instrument having a silver tip
      • sketch / study = preliminary drawing for later elaboration
      • stick figure = drawing of a human or animal that represents the head by a circle and the rest of the body by straight lines
      • tracing / trace = a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image
  3. the creation of artistic pictures or diagrams
    • example: he learned drawing from his father
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of drawing: drafting / draftsmanship
    • more generic terms: art / artistic creation / artistic production = the creation of beautiful or significant things
    • more specific words:
      • pyrography = the act of producing drawings on wood or leather by using heated tools or a fine flame
      • tracing = the act of drawing a plan or diagram or outline
  4. players buy (or are given) chances and prizes are distributed by casting lots
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of drawing: lottery
    • more generic terms: gambling game / game of chance = a game that involves gambling
    • more specific terms:
      • tombola = a lottery in which tickets are drawn from a revolving drum
      • lucky dip = a game in which prizes (e.g., candies or coins) are concealed in a container and for a small sum a player can draw one out at random
      • numbers racket / numbers game / numbers pool / numbers = an illegal daily lottery
      • raffle = a lottery in which the prizes are goods rather than money
      • sweepstakes = a lottery in which the prize consists of the money paid by the participants
  5. act of getting or draining something such as electricity or a liquid from a source
    • example: the drawing of water from the well
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of drawing: drawing off
    • more generic word: drain = a gradual depletion of energy or resources
    • more specific words:
      • derivation = drawing off water from its main channel as for irrigation
      • derivation = drawing of fluid or inflammation away from a diseased part of the body
  6. the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of drawing: draft / draught
    • more generic words: pull / pulling = the act of pulling

Alternative definition of the noun drawing


  1. A picture, likeness, diagram or representation, usually drawn on paper.
  2. The act of producing such a picture.
  3. Such acts practiced as a graphic art form.
  4. An act or event in which the outcome (e.g., designating a winner) is selected by chance in the form of a blind draw, notably of lots; especially such a contest in which a winning name or number is selected randomly by removing (or drawing) it from a container, popularly a hat).


  1. "Drawing" is a musical album of Be The Voice.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  2. "Drawing" is a composition.
  3. "Drawing" is an album that was nominated for best Contemporary Jazz album in the 2013 Juno Awards.


  1. "Drawing" is a book by Ian Simpson.
    • also known as "Drawing: seeing and observation", Drawing: seeing and observation
  2. "Drawing" is a book by Lu Bro.
    • also known as "Drawing, a studio guide"; Drawing, a studio guide
  3. "Drawing" is a book by Walter Foster.
  4. "Drawing" a.k.a. "Drawing, a creative process" is a book by Frank Ching.


  1. Drawing is a form of visual art that makes use of any number of drawing instruments to mark a two-dimensional medium. Instruments used include graphite pencils, pen and ink, inked brushes, wax color pencils, crayons, charcoal, chalk, pastels, various kinds of erasers, markers, styluses, various metals and electronic drawing. An artist who practices or works in technical drawing may be called a drafter or draftsman or draughtsman.
    • also known as Crtež
  2. Drawing a.k.a. Disembowelment or evisceration is the removal of some or all of the organs of the gastrointestinal tract, usually through a horizontal incision made across the abdominal area. Disembowelment may result from an accident but has also been used as a method of torture and execution. In such practices, disembowelment may be accompanied by other forms of torture, and/or the removal of other vital organs.
  3. Drawing is a metalworking process which uses tensile forces to stretch metal. It is broken up into two types: sheet metal drawing and wire, bar, and tube drawing. The specific definition for sheet metal drawing is that it involves plastic deformation over a curved axis. For wire, bar, and tube drawing the starting stock is drawn through a die to reduce its diameter and increase its length. Drawing is usually done at room temperature, thus classified a cold working process, however it may be performed at elevated temperatures to hot work large wires, rods or hollow sections in order to reduce forces.
  4. Drawing is a print ad.

Phrases with Drawing

Phrases starting with the word Drawing:

  1. drawing ink
  2. drawing off
  3. drawing pin
  4. drawing card
  5. Drawing Dead
  6. Drawing Hand
  7. Drawing Live
  8. drawing lots
  9. drawing room
  10. drawing board
  11. drawing chalk
  12. drawing paper
  13. drawing power
  14. drawing table
  15. drawing string
  16. drawing-room car

Phrases ending with the word Drawing:

  1. line drawing
  2. wash drawing
  3. rough drawing
  4. cutaway drawing

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Drawing

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Google previewWhy Architects Draw (1994)

by Edward Robbins, Edward Cullinan

Although drawing is a most useful instrument of exploration and communication. Rice finds...

Google previewAlgorithms and Data Structures (2007)

10th International Workshop, WADS 2007, Halifax, Canada, August 15-17, 2007, Proceedings by Frank Dehne

The area a drawing is the product of its height by its width. A rooted...

Google previewArt Education (1896)

Journal of the National Art Education Association

Drawing is a necessary factor in the larger part of all productive industries. . It is practically the universal...

Drawing is an absolutely necessary means of expression when aesthetic ideas of form and color are in question. If a fine harmony of ...

Google previewThe Laws Guide to Drawing Birds (2012)

by John Muir Laws

Every drawing is an investigation and an opportunity to see more details of the world. Drawing makes...

Google previewDrawn to Design (2013)

Analyzing Architecture Through Freehand Drawing by Eric Jenkins

Carefulness is vital in reaching below the surface and beyond what is literal Unlike the casual glance or photograph, even the fastest, literal drawing is an inherently careful and active engagement. Drawing is a way of digesting the ...

Google previewThe Way We're Working Isn't Working (2010)

by Tony Schwartz, Catherine McCarthy, Ph.D., Jean Gomes

As the artist Don Dame puts it, “Drawing is the timebound activity of seeing. It stills the brain's noise.

Google previewDrawing Secrets Revealed - Basics (2014)

How to Draw Anything by Sarah Parks

Mastering figure drawing is an ongoing journey. You could study nothing...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1994)

Volume 31 - Supplement 16: Artistic Computer Graphics to Strategic Information Systems Planning by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

AARON has first generated the drawing by means of a plotter, and then Cohen has enlarged the drawing by projecting it on canvas. At the outset, AARON's structure reflected Cohen's preoccupation with this puzzle: how it is that we are able to ...

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Quotes about Drawing

I like doing clay work. It's different from drawing on a page because you have something to mold into different shapes. It's quite visual, it's a thing you can hold and feel, and that makes it different from drawing. (Bonnie Wright)
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Scrabble value of D2R1A1W4I1N1G2

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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