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for To draw to a head
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Draw \Draw\, v. i.
1. To pull; to exert strength in drawing anything; to have
force to move anything by pulling; as, a horse draws well;
the sails of a ship draw well.
Note: A sail is said to draw when it is filled with wind.
2. To draw a liquid from some receptacle, as water from a
The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to
draw with, and the well is deep. --John iv. 11.
3. To exert an attractive force; to act as an inducement or
Keep a watch upon the particular bias of their
minds, that it may not draw too much. --Addison.
4. (Med.) To have efficiency as an epispastic; to act as a
sinapism; -- said of a blister, poultice, etc.
5. To have draught, as a chimney, flue, or the like; to
furnish transmission to smoke, gases, etc.
6. To unsheathe a weapon, especially a sword.
So soon as ever thou seest him, draw; and as thou
drawest, swear horrible. --Shak.
7. To perform the act, or practice the art, of delineation;
to sketch; to form figures or pictures. "Skill in
8. To become contracted; to shrink. "To draw into less room."
9. To move; to come or go; literally, to draw one's self; --
with prepositions and adverbs; as, to draw away, to move
off, esp. in racing, to get in front; to obtain the lead
or increase it; to draw back, to retreat; to draw level,
to move up even (with another); to come up to or overtake
another; to draw off, to retire or retreat; to draw on, to
advance; to draw up, to form in array; to draw near, draw
nigh, or draw towards, to approach; to draw together, to
come together, to collect.
10. To make a draft or written demand for payment of money
deposited or due; -- usually with on or upon.
You may draw on me for the expenses of your
11. To admit the action of pulling or dragging; to undergo
draught; as, a carriage draws easily.
12. To sink in water; to require a depth for floating.
"Greater hulks draw deep." --Shak.
To draw to a head.
(a) (Med.) To begin to suppurate; to ripen, as a boil.
(b) Fig.: To ripen, to approach the time for action; as,
the plot draws to a head.
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