1. [syn: pull, pulling]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pull \Pull\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pulled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Pulling.] [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall,
1. To draw, or attempt to draw, toward one; to draw forcibly.
Ne'er pull your hat upon your brows. --Shak.
He put forth his hand . . . and pulled her in.
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.
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, n., 8.
Never pull a straight fast ball to leg. --R. H.
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
To pull a finch. See under Finch.
To pull off, take or draw off.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 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:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
59 Moby Thesaurus words for "pulling":
adductive, alluring, attracting, attractive, attrahent, avulsion,
compotation, cutting out, deracination, disentanglement, draft,
dragging, drawing, drawing out, dredging, drilling, drinking,
drunkenness, enucleation, eradication, evolvement, evulsion,
excavation, excision, expression, exsection, extirpation,
extraction, extrication, gulping, guzzling, hauling, imbibing,
imbibition, lapping, magnetic, magnetized, mining, nipping,
potation, pressing out, quaffing, quarrying, removal, ripping out,
slipping, squeezing out, swigging, swilling, sympathetic,
symposium, tasting, towing, tractive, tugging, unrooting,
uprooting, withdrawal, wresting out