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[n] the act of dragging (pulling with force); "the drag up the hill exhausted him"
[n] a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke); "he took a puff on his pipe"; "he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly"
[n] the phenomenon of resistance to motion through a fluid
[v] proceed for an extended period of time; "The speech dragged on for two hours"
[v] persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting; "He dragged me away from the television set"
[v] suck in or take, as of air; "draw a deep breath"; "draw on a cigarette"
[v] pull, as against a resistance; "He dragged the big suitcase behind him"; "These worries were dragging at him"
[v] search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost
[v] draw slowly or heavily; "haul stones"; "haul nets"
[v] walk without lifting the feet
[v] to lag or linger behind; "But in so many other areas we still are dragging."
[v] move slowly and as if with great effort
[v] use a computer mouse to move icons on the screen and select commands from a menu; "drag this icon to the lower right hand corner of the screen"
[v] force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action; "They were swept up by the events"; "don't drag me into this business"

Misc. Definitions

\Drag\, n. [See 3d {Dredge}.] A confection; a comfit; a drug. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
\Drag\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dragged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dragging}.] [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}.]
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 labor, 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} (Naut.), to trail it along the bottom when the anchor will not hold the ship. Syn: See {Draw}.
\Drag\, v. i.
1. To be drawn along, as a rope or dress, on the ground; to trail; to be moved onward along the ground, or along the bottom of the sea, as an anchor that does not hold.
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.
3. To serve as a clog or hindrance; to hold back. A propeller is said to drag when the sails urge the vessel faster than the revolutions of the screw can propel her. --Russell.
4. To fish with a dragnet.
\Drag\, n. [See {Drag}, v. t., and cf. {Dray} a cart, and 1st {Dredge}.]
1. The act of dragging; anything which is dragged.
2. A net, or an apparatus, to be drawn along the bottom under water, as in fishing, searching for drowned persons, etc.
3. A kind of sledge for conveying heavy bodies; also, a kind of low car or handcart; as, a stone drag.
4. A heavy coach with seats on top; also, a heavy carriage. [Collog.] --Thackeray.
5. A heavy harrow, for breaking up ground.
6. (a) Anything towed in the water to retard a ship's progress, or to keep her head up to the wind; esp., a canvas bag with a hooped mouth, so used. See {Drag sail} (below). (b) Also, a skid or shoe, for retarding the motion of a carriage wheel. (c) Hence, anything that retards; a clog; an obstacle to progress or enjoyment. My lectures were only a pleasure to me, and no drag. --J. D. Forbes.
7. Motion affected with slowness and difficulty, as if clogged. ``Had a drag in his walk.'' -- Hazlitt.
8. (Founding) The bottom part of a flask or mold, the upper part being the cope.
9. (Masonry) A steel instrument for completing the dressing of soft stone.
10. (Marine Engin.) 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}, v. i.,
3. {Drag sail} (Naut.), a sail or canvas rigged on a stout frame, to be dragged by a vessel through the water in order to keep her head to the wind or to prevent drifting; -- called also {drift sail}, {drag sheet}, {drag anchor}, {sea anchor}, {floating anchor}, etc. {Drag twist} (Mining), a spiral hook at the end of a rod for cleaning drilled holes.

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