Advertisement

drawing (n.)

c. 1300, "a pulling, act of imparting notion by towing," in various senses; verbal noun from draw (v.). The meaning "act of forming or tracing by a pen, pencil, etc." is from late 15c,; that of "picture or representation produced by drawing" is from 1660s.

Drawing-board, "board on which paper is stretched for use in drawing," is from 1725; used in figurative expressions, with the sense of "beginning, starting point" is by 1941 (in the Peter Arno "Well, back to the old drawing board" cartoon in the "New Yorker").

Others are reading

Advertisement
Definitions of drawing from WordNet

drawing (n.)
an illustration that is drawn by hand and published in a book, magazine, or newspaper;
it is shown by the drawing in Fig. 7
drawing (n.)
a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines;
drawings of abstract forms
he did complicated pen-and-ink drawings like medieval miniatures
drawing (n.)
the creation of artistic pictures or diagrams;
he learned drawing from his father
Synonyms: draftsmanship / drafting
drawing (n.)
players buy (or are given) chances and prizes are distributed by casting lots;
Synonyms: lottery
drawing (n.)
act of getting or draining something such as electricity or a liquid from a source;
the drawing of water from the well
Synonyms: drawing off
drawing (n.)
the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling;
Synonyms: draft / draught
From wordnet.princeton.edu