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Dictionary Definition

pull

Noun

1 the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you; "the pull up the hill had him breathing harder"; "his strenuous pulling strained his back" [syn: pulling]
2 the force used in pulling; "the pull of the moon"; "the pull of the current"
3 special advantage or influence; "the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull" [syn: clout]
4 a device used for pulling something; "he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer"
5 a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull" [syn: wrench, twist]
6 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" [syn: puff, drag]
7 a sustained effort; "it was a long pull but we made it"

Verb

1 cause to move along the ground by pulling; "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled" [syn: draw, force] [ant: push]
2 direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes; "Her good looks attract the stares of many men"; "The ad pulled in many potential customers"; "This pianist pulls huge crowds"; "The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers" [syn: attract, pull in, draw, draw in] [ant: repel]
3 move into a certain direction; "the car pulls to the right"
4 apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion; "Pull the rope"; "Pull the handle towards you"; "pull the string gently"; "pull the trigger of the gun"; "pull your kneees towards your chin"
5 perform an act, usually with a negative connotation; "perpetrate a crime"; "pull a bank robbery" [syn: perpetrate, commit]
6 bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover; "draw a weapon"; "pull out a gun"; "The mugger pulled a knife on his victim" [syn: draw, pull out, get out, take out]
7 steer into a certain direction; "pull one's horse to a stand"; "Pull the car over"
8 strain abnormally; "I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up"; "The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition" [syn: overstretch]
9 cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense; "A declining dollar pulled down the export figures for the last quarter"
10 operate when rowing a boat; "pull the oars"
11 rein in to keep from winning a race; "pull a horse"
12 tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips" [syn: rend, rip, rive]
13 hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing; "pull the ball"
14 strip of feathers; "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon" [syn: pluck, tear, deplume, deplumate, displume]
15 draw or pull out, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense; "pull weeds"; "extract a bad tooth"; "take out a splinter"; "extract information from the telegram" [syn: extract, pull out, pull up, take out, draw out]
16 take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for; "We all rooted for the home team"; "I'm pulling for the underdog"; "Are you siding with the defender of the title?" [syn: side, root]
17 take away; "pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

pullian

Pronunciation

  • , /pʊl/, /pUl/
  • Rhymes: -ʊl

Verb

  1. To apply a force to (an object) such that it comes toward the person or thing applying the force.
  2. In the context of "slang": To persuade (someone) to have sex with one.
    He's pulled that bird over there.
  3. to remove (something), especially from public circulation or availability
    Each day, they pulled the old bread and set out fresh loaves.
  4. In the context of "informal": to do or perform
    He regularly pulls 12-hour days, sometimes 14.
  5. To retrieve or generate for use.
    I'll have to pull a part number for that.
  6. To apply a force such that an object comes toward the person or thing applying the force.
    You're going to have to pull harder to get that cork out of the bottle.
  7. In the context of "slang": To succeed in finding a person with whom to have sex.

Antonyms

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

Translations

apply force to (something) so it comes towards one
slang: persuade (a person) to have sex with one
remove (something) from circulation
do, perform
retrieve or generate for use
apply force such that an object comes toward the person or thing applying the force
  • Esperanto: tiri
  • Finnish: vetää
  • French: tirer
  • German: ziehen
  • Italian: tirare
  • Spanish: halar, jalar
  • Swedish: dra
succeed in finding a person with whom to have sex

Noun

  1. An act of pulling (applying force).
    He gave the hair a sharp pull and it came out.
  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
  3. Any device meant to be pulled, as a lever, knob, handle, or rope.
    a zipper pull
  4. influence, especially as a means of gaining advantage
  5. Appeal or attraction or (as of a movie star)

Derived terms

Translations

act of pulling
  • Czech: tah
  • Kurdish:
  • Swedish: ryck
attractive force
device meant to be pulled
influence
appeal

Estonian

Noun

pull

French

Pronunciation

  • /pyl/, /pyl/

Etymology

pullover

Noun

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

Extensive Definition

A pull is a force that acts in the direction of the origin of the force.
The term Pull may also refer to:
pull in French: Pull (homonymie)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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