General English

General Science


Cars & Driving

  • noun an unpleasant current of air intruding into the interior of a car


  • noun a current of cold air which blows into a room, train, bus, etc.
  • noun the depth of water in which a ship can float

Origin & History of “draught”

Draught and draft are essentially the same word, but draft (more accurately representing its modern English pronunciation) has become established since the 18th century as the spelling for ‘preliminary drawing or plan’, ‘money order’, and (in American English) ‘conscription’. The word itself probably comes from an unrecorded Old Norse *drahtr, an abstract noun meaning ‘pulling’ derived from a prehistoric Germanic verb *dragan (source of English drag and draw). most of its modern English meanings are fairly transparently descended from the idea of ‘pulling’: ‘draught beer’, e.g., is ‘drawn’ from a barrel. Of the less obvious ones, ‘current of air’ is air that is ‘drawn’ through an opening; the game draughts comes from an earlier, middle English sense of draught, ‘act of drawing a piece across the board in chess and similar games’; while draft ‘provisional plan’ was originally ‘something drawn or sketched’.