draught

If you're chilly, you might close a window that's letting in a draught. Draught is the British spelling of the word draft.

The noun draught is pronounced exactly like draft, and it also shares most of the same meanings. A cold burst of wind, a swig or a serving of a drink, the act of pulling a heavy load, and the depth of a ship below the surface of the water: each of these can be called a draught. It's easy to confuse the British draught with drought, which means "a shortage of rainfall" and rhymes with "out."

Definitions of draught
  1. noun
    a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg
    synonyms: draft, potation, tipple
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    types:
    quaff
    a hearty draft
    type of:
    drink
    a single serving of a beverage
  2. noun
    a large and hurried swallow
    synonyms: draft, gulp, swig
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    type of:
    deglutition, drink, swallow
    the act of swallowing
  3. noun
    a dose of liquid medicine
    synonyms: draft
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    type of:
    dosage, dose
    a measured portion of medicine taken at any one time
  4. noun
    a current of air (usually coming into a chimney or room or vehicle)
    synonyms: draft
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    types:
    updraft
    a strong upward air current
    downdraft
    a strong downward air current
    type of:
    air current, current, current of air, wind
    air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
  5. noun
    the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling
    synonyms: draft, drawing
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    type of:
    pull, pulling
    the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you
  6. noun
    the depth of a vessel's keel below the surface (especially when loaded)
    synonyms: draft
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    type of:
    deepness, depth
    the extent downward or backward or inward
  7. verb
    make a blueprint of
    synonyms: blueprint, draft
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    type of:
    design, plan
    make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form
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