The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

2 definitions found
 for Sheer draught
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sheer \Sheer\, n.
     1. (Naut.)
        (a) The longitudinal upward curvature of the deck,
            gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from
            the side.
        (b) The position of a vessel riding at single anchor and
            swinging clear of it.
            [1913 Webster]
     2. A turn or change in a course.
        [1913 Webster]
              Give the canoe a sheer and get nearer to the shore.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. pl. Shears See Shear.
        [1913 Webster]
     Sheer batten (Shipbuilding), a long strip of wood to guide
        the carpenters in following the sheer plan.
     Sheer boom, a boom slanting across a stream to direct
        floating logs to one side.
     Sheer hulk. See Shear hulk, under Hulk.
     Sheer plan, or Sheer draught (Shipbuilding), a projection
        of the lines of a vessel on a vertical longitudinal plane
        passing through the middle line of the vessel.
     Sheer pole (Naut.), an iron rod lashed to the shrouds just
        above the dead-eyes and parallel to the ratlines.
     Sheer strake (Shipbuilding), the strake under the gunwale
        on the top side. --Totten.
     To break sheer (Naut.), to deviate from sheer, and risk
        fouling the anchor.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Draught \Draught\, n. [The same as draft, the spelling with gh
     indicating an older pronunciation. See Draft, n., Draw.]
     1. The act of drawing or pulling; as:
        (a) The act of moving loads by drawing, as by beasts of
            burden, and the like.
            [1913 Webster]
                  A general custom of using oxen for all sort of
                  draught would be, perhaps, the greatest
                  improvement.                      --Sir W.
        (b) The drawing of a bowstring. [Obs.]
            [1913 Webster]
                  She sent an arrow forth with mighty draught.
        (c) Act of drawing a net; a sweeping the water for fish.
            [1913 Webster]
                  Upon the draught of a pond, not one fish was
                  left.                             --Sir M. Hale.
        (d) The act of drawing liquor into the mouth and throat;
            the act of drinking.
            [1913 Webster]
                  In his hands he took the goblet, but a while the
                  draught forbore.                  --Trench.
        (e) A sudden attack or drawing upon an enemy. [Obs.]
            [1913 Webster]
                  By drawing sudden draughts upon the enemy when
                  he looketh not for you.           --Spenser.
        (f) (Mil.) The act of selecting or detaching soldiers; a
            draft (see Draft, n., 2)
        (g) The act of drawing up, marking out, or delineating;
            representation. --Dryden.
            [1913 Webster]
     2. That which is drawn; as:
        (a) That which is taken by sweeping with a net.
            [1913 Webster]
                  Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets
                  for a draught.                    --Luke v. 4.
            [1913 Webster]
                  He laid down his pipe, and cast his net, which
                  brought him a very great draught. --L'Estrange.
        (b) (Mil.) The force drawn; a detachment; -- in this sense
            usually written draft.
        (c) The quantity drawn in at once in drinking; a potion or
            [1913 Webster]
                  Disguise thyself as thou wilt, still, Slavery, .
                  . . still thou art a bitter draught. --Sterne.
            [1913 Webster]
                  Low lies that house where nut-brown draughts
                  inspired.                         --Goldsmith.
        (d) A sketch, outline, or representation, whether written,
            designed, or drawn; a delineation.
            [1913 Webster]
                  A draught of a Toleration Act was offered to the
                  Parliament by a private member.   --Macaulay.
            [1913 Webster]
                  No picture or draught of these things from the
                  report of the eye.                --South.
        (e) (Com.) An order for the payment of money; -- in this
            sense almost always written draft.
        (f) A current of air moving through an inclosed place, as
            through a room or up a chimney. --Thackeray.
            [1913 Webster]
                  He preferred to go and sit upon the stairs, in .
                  . . a strong draught of air, until he was again
                  sent for.                         --Dickens.
            [1913 Webster]
     3. That which draws; as:
        (a) A team of oxen or horses. --Blackstone.
        (b) A sink or drain; a privy. --Shak. --Matt. xv. 17.
        (c) pl. (Med.) A mild vesicatory; a sinapism; as, to apply
            draughts to the feet.
            [1913 Webster]
     4. Capacity of being drawn; force necessary to draw;
        [1913 Webster]
              The Hertfordshire wheel plow . . . is of the easiest
              draught.                              --Mortimer.
        [1913 Webster]
     5. (Naut.) The depth of water necessary to float a ship, or
        the depth a ship sinks in water, especially when laden;
        as, a ship of twelve feet draught.
        [1913 Webster]
     6. (Com.) An allowance on weighable goods. [Eng.] See
        Draft, 4.
        [1913 Webster]
     7. A move, as at chess or checkers. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
        [1913 Webster]
     8. The bevel given to the pattern for a casting, in order
        that it may be drawn from the sand without injury to the
        [1913 Webster]
     9. (Masonry) See Draft, n., 7.
        [1913 Webster]
     Angle of draught, the angle made with the plane over which
        a body is drawn by the line in which the pulling force
        acts, when the latter has the direction best adapted to
        overcome the obstacles of friction and the weight of the
     Black draught. See under Black, a.
     Blast draught, or Forced draught, the draught produced by
        a blower, as by blowing in air beneath a fire or drawing
        out the gases from above it.
     Natural draught, the draught produced by the atmosphere
        flowing, by its own weight, into a chimney wherein the air
        is rarefied by heat.
     On draught, so as to be drawn from the wood (as a cask,
        barrel, etc.) in distinction from being bottled; as, ale
        on draught.
     Sheer draught. See under Sheer.
        [1913 Webster]

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229