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."

Primary Meanings of draught

1.
n
a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg
2.
n
a current of air (usually coming into a chimney or room or vehicle)
3.
n
the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling
4.
n
the depth of a vessel's keel below the surface (especially when loaded)
5.
v
make a blueprint of
Full Definitions of draught
1

n a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg

Synonyms:
draft, potation, tipple
Types:
quaff
a hearty draft
Type of:
drink
a single serving of a beverage

n a large and hurried swallow

Synonyms:
draft, gulp, swig
Type of:
deglutition, drink, swallow
the act of swallowing

n a dose of liquid medicine

Synonyms:
draft
Type of:
dosage, dose
a measured portion of medicine taken at any one time
2

n a current of air (usually coming into a chimney or room or vehicle)

Synonyms:
draft
Types:
updraft
a strong upward air current
downdraft
a strong downward air current
Type of:
air current, current of air, wind
air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
3

n the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling

Synonyms:
draft, drawing
Type of:
pull, pulling
the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you
4

n the depth of a vessel's keel below the surface (especially when loaded)

Synonyms:
draft
Type of:
deepness, depth
the extent downward or backward or inward
5

v make a blueprint of

Synonyms:
blueprint, draft
Type of:
design, plan
make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form

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