1. To draw slowly or heavily onward; to pull along the ground by main force; to haul; to trail; applied to drawing heavy or resisting bodies or those inapt for drawing, with labour, along the ground or other surface; as, to drag stone or timber; to drag a net in fishing. "Dragged by the cords which through his feet were thrust." (Denham) "The grossness of his nature will have weight to drag thee down." (Tennyson) "A needless Alexandrine ends the song That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along." (Pope)
2. To break, as land, by drawing a drag or harrow over it; to harrow; to draw a drag along the bottom of, as a stream or other water; hence, to search, as by means of a drag. "Then while I dragged my brains for such a song." (Tennyson)
3. To draw along, as something burdensome; hence, to pass in pain or with difficulty. "Have dragged a lingering life." (Dryden) To drag an anchor, to trail it along the bottom when the anchor will not hold the ship.
Synonyms: See Draw.
Origin: OE. Draggen; akin to Sw. Dragga to search with a grapnel, fr. Dragg grapnel, fr. Draga to draw, the same word as E. Draw. See Draw.
2. To move onward heavily, laboriously, or slowly; to advance with weary effort; to go on lingeringly. "The day drags through, though storms keep out the sun." (Byron) "Long, open panegyric drags at best." (Gay)
1. The act of dragging; anything which is dragged.
6. Anything towed in the water to retard a ship's progress, or to keep her head up to the wind; especially, a canvas bag with a hooped mouth, so used. See Drag sail (below). Also, a skid or shoe, for retarding the motion of a carriage wheel.
10. <engineering> The difference between the speed of a screw steamer under sail and that of the screw when the ship outruns the screw; or between the propulsive effects of the different floats of a paddle wheel. See Citation under Drag. Drag sail, a spiral hook at the end of a rod for cleaning drilled holes.
(01 Mar 1998)
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