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 labour, 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, to trail it along the bottom when the anchor will not hold the ship.
Synonym: see Draw.
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)
1. The act of dragging; anything which is dragged.
6. Anything towed in the water to retard a ships progress, or to keep her head up to the wind; especially, a canvas bag with a hooped mouth, so used. See drag sail (below). Also, a skid or shoe, for retarding the motion of a carriage wheel.
10. (Science: engineering) 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. Drag sail, a spiral hook at the end of a rod for cleaning drilled holes.