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Webster 1913 Edition


Pull

Pull

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Pulled
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Pulling
.]
[AS.
pullian
; cf. LG.
pulen
, and Gael.
peall
,
piol
,
spiol
.]
1.
To draw, or attempt to draw, toward one; to draw forcibly.
Ne’er
pull
your hat upon your brows.
Shakespeare
He put forth his hand . . . and
pulled
her in.
Gen. viii. 9.
2.
To draw apart; to tear; to rend.
He hath turned aside my ways, and
pulled
me in pieces; he hath made me desolate.
Lam. iii. 11.
3.
To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward one; to pluck;
as, to
pull
fruit; to
pull
flax; to
pull
a finch.
4.
To move or operate by the motion of drawing towards one;
as, to
pull
a bell; to
pull
an oar.
5.
(Horse Racing)
To hold back, and so prevent from winning;
as, the favorite was
pulled
.
6.
(Print.)
To take or make, as a proof or impression; – hand presses being worked by pulling a lever.
7.
(Cricket)
To strike the ball in a particular manner. See
Pull
,
Noun.
, 8.
Never
pull
a straight fast ball to leg.
R. H. Lyttelton.
To pull and haul
,
to draw hither and thither.
“ Both are equally pulled and hauled to do that which they are unable to do. ”
South.
To pull down
,
to demolish; to destroy; to degrade;
as,
to pull down
a house
.
“ In political affairs, as well as mechanical, it is easier to pull down than build up.”
Howell.
“ To raise the wretched, and pull down the proud.”
Roscommon.
To pull a finch
.
See under
Finch
.
To pull off
,
take or draw off.

Pull

,
Verb.
I.
To exert one's self in an act or motion of drawing or hauling; to tug;
as, to
pull
at a rope
.
To pull apart
,
to become separated by pulling;
as, a rope will
pull apart
.
To pull up
,
to draw the reins; to stop; to halt.
To pull through
,
to come successfully to the end of a difficult undertaking, a dangerous sickness, or the like.

Pull

,
Noun.
1.
The act of pulling or drawing with force; an effort to move something by drawing toward one.
I awakened with a violent
pull
upon the ring which was fastened at the top of my box.
Swift.
2.
A contest; a struggle;
as, a wrestling
pull
.
Carew.
3.
A pluck; loss or violence suffered.
[Poetic]
Two
pulls
at once;
His lady banished, and a limb lopped off.
Shakespeare
4.
A knob, handle, or lever, etc., by which anything is pulled;
as, a drawer
pull
; a bell
pull
.
5.
The act of rowing;
as, a
pull
on the river
.
[Colloq.]
6.
The act of drinking;
as, to take a
pull
at the beer, or the mug
.
[Slang]
Dickens.
7.
Something in one's favor in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing;
as, in weights the favorite had the
pull
.
[Slang]
8.
(Cricket)
A kind of stroke by which a leg ball is sent to the off side, or an off ball to the side.
The
pull
is not a legitimate stroke, but bad cricket.
R. A. Proctor.

Webster 1828 Edition


Pull

PULL

,
Verb.
T.
[L. vello.]
1.
To draw; to draw towards one or to make an effort to draw. Pull differs from draw; we use draw when motion follows the effort, and pull is used in the same sense; but we may also pull forever without drawing or moving the thing. This distinction may not be universal. Pull is opposed to push.
Then he put forth his hand and took her and pulled her in to him into the ark. Gen.8.
2.
To pluck; to gather by drawing or forcing off or out; as, to pull fruit; to pull flax.
3.
To tear; to rend; but in this sense followed by some qualifying word or phrase; as, to pull in pieces; to pull asunder or apart. To pull in two, is to separate or tear by violence into two parts.
To pull down, to demolish or to take in pieces by separating the parts; as, to pull down a house.
1.
To demolish; to subvert; to destroy.
In political affairs, as well as mechanical, it is easier to pull down than to build up.
2.
To bring down; to degrade; to humble.
To raise the wretched and pull down the proud.
pull off, to separate by pulling; to pluck; also, to take off without force; as, to pull off a coat or hat.
To pull out, to draw out; to extract.
To pull up, to pluck up; to tear up by the roots; hence, to extirpate; to eradicate; to destroy.

PULL

,
Noun.
The act of pulling or drawing with force; an effort to move by drawing towards one.
1.
A contest; a struggle.
2.
Pluck; violence suffered.

Definition 2022


Pull

Pull

See also: pull

Luxembourgish

Noun

Pull m (plural Pill)

  1. puddle

pull

pull

See also: Pull

English

Interjection

pull!

  1. (sports) Command used by a target shooter to request that the target be released/launched.

Noun

pull (plural pulls)

  1. An act of pulling (applying force)
    He gave the hair a sharp pull and it came out.
    • Jonathan Swift
      I awakened with a violent pull upon the ring which was fastened at the top of my box.
  2. An attractive force which causes motion towards the source
    The spaceship came under the pull of the gas giant.
    iron fillings drawn by the pull of a magnet
    She took a pull on her cigarette.
  3. Any device meant to be pulled, as a lever, knob, handle, or rope
    a zipper pull
  4. (slang, dated) Something in one's favour in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing.
    In weights the favourite had the pull.
  5. Appeal or attraction (as of a movie star)
  6. (Internet, uncountable) The situation where a client sends out a request for data from a server, as in server pull, pull technology
  7. A journey made by rowing
    • 1874, Marcus Clarke, For the Term of His Natural Life Chapter V
      As Blunt had said, the burning ship lay a good twelve miles from the Malabar, and the pull was a long and a weary one. Once fairly away from the protecting sides of the vessel that had borne them thus far on their dismal journey, the adventurers seemed to have come into a new atmosphere.
  8. (dated) A contest; a struggle.
    a wrestling pull
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Carew to this entry?)
  9. (obsolete, poetic) Loss or violence suffered.
    • Shakespeare
      Two pulls at once; / His lady banished, and a limb lopped off.
  10. (slang) The act of drinking.
    to take a pull at a mug of beer
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Charles Dickens to this entry?)
  11. (cricket) A kind of stroke by which a leg ball is sent to the off side, or an off ball to the side.
    • R. A. Proctor
      The pull is not a legitimate stroke, but bad cricket.
  12. (golf) A mishit shot which travels in a straight line and (for a right-handed player) left of the intended path.

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Verb

pull (third-person singular simple present pulls, present participle pulling, simple past and past participle pulled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To apply a force to (an object) so that it comes toward the person or thing applying the force.
    When I give the signal, pull the rope.
    You're going to have to pull harder to get that cork out of the bottle.
    • Bible, Genesis viii. 9
      He put forth his hand [] and pulled her in.
    • Shakespeare
      Ne'er pull your hat upon your brows.
  2. To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward oneself; to pluck.
    to pull fruit from a tree; to pull flax; to pull a finch
  3. To attract or net; to pull in.
    • Marcella Ridlen Ray, Changing and Unchanging Face of United States Civil Society
      Television, a favored source of news and information, pulls the largest share of advertising monies.
  4. To draw apart; to tear; to rend.
    • Bible, Lam. iii. 11
      He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces; he hath made me desolate.
  5. (transitive, intransitive, Britain, Ireland, slang) To persuade (someone) to have sex with one.
    I pulled at the club last night.
    He's pulled that bird over there.
  6. (transitive) To remove (something), especially from public circulation or availability.
    Each day, they pulled the old bread and set out fresh loaves.
  7. (transitive, informal) To do or perform.
    He regularly pulls 12-hour days, sometimes 14.
    You'll be sent home if you pull another stunt like that.
  8. (transitive) To retrieve or generate for use.
    I'll have to pull a part number for that.
    • 2006, Michael Bellomo, Joel Elad, How to Sell Anything on Amazon...and Make a Fortune!
      They'll go through their computer system and pull a report of all your order fulfillment records for the time period you specify.
  9. To toss a frisbee with the intention of launching the disc across the length of a field.
  10. (intransitive) To row.
  11. (transitive) To strain (a muscle, tendon, ligament, etc.).
  12. (video games, transitive, intransitive) To draw (a hostile non-player character) into combat, or toward or away from some location or target.
    • 2003 April 9, "Richard Lawson" (username), "Monual's Willful Ignorance", in alt.games.everquest, Usenet:
      …we had to clear a long hallway, run up half way, pull the boss mob to us, and engage.
    • 2004 October 18, "Stush" (username), "Re: focus pull", in alt.games.dark-age-of-camelot, Usenet:
      Basically buff pet, have it pull lots of mobs, shield pet, chain heal pet, have your aoe casters finish off hurt mobs once pet gets good aggro.
    • 2005 August 2, "Brian" (username), "Re: How to tank Stratholme undead pulls?", in alt.games.warcraft, Usenet:
      This is the only thing that should get you to break off from your position, is to pull something off the healer.
    • 2007 April 10, "John Salerno" (username), "Re: Managing the Command Buttons", in alt.games.warcraft, Usenet:
      You could also set a fire trap, pull the mob toward it, then send in your pet….
    • 2008 August 18, "Mark (newsgroups)" (username), "Re: I'm a priest now!", in alt.games.warcraft, Usenet:
      Shield yourself, pull with Mind Blast if you want, or merely pull with SW:P to save mana, then wand, fear if you need to, but use the lowest rank fear.
  13. To score a certain amount of points in a sport.
    • How many points did you pull today, Albert?
  14. (horse-racing) To hold back, and so prevent from winning.
    The favourite was pulled.
  15. (printing, dated) To take or make (a proof or impression); so called because hand presses were worked by pulling a lever.
  16. (cricket, golf) To strike the ball in a particular manner. (See noun sense.)
    • R. H. Lyttelton
      Never pull a straight fast ball to leg.
  17. (Britain) To draw beer from a pump, keg, or other source.
    Let's stop at Finnigan's. The barman pulls a good pint.

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • (apply force to (something) so it comes towards one): push, repel, shove

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See also pulling

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Estonian

Etymology

From Low German bulle.

Noun

pull (genitive pulli, partitive pulli)

  1. bull
  2. ox

Declension


French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pyl/

Etymology

English pullover

Noun

pull m (plural pulls)

  1. pullover
    Il fait froid; je vais mettre mon pull It's cold; I'm going to put on my pullover