What's the difference between
Enter two words to compare and contrast their definitions, origins, and synonyms to better understand how those words are related.

Grasp vs Draw - What's the difference?

grasp | draw |

As an acronym grasp

is (software|object-oriented design).

As a verb draw is

(lb) to move or develop something .

As a noun draw is

the result of a contest in which neither side has won; a tie.



(wikipedia grasp)


(en verb)
  • To grip; to take hold, particularly with the hand.
  • (senseid)To understand.
  • I have never been able to grasp the concept of infinity .

    Derived terms

    * grasp the nettle


    (en noun)
  • Grip.
  • *
  • *:Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
  • (senseid)Understanding.
  • That which is accessible; that which is within one's reach or ability.
  • :
  • draw



  • (lb) To move or develop something.
  • #To sketch; depict with lines; to produce a picture with pencil, crayon, chalk, etc. on paper, cardboard, etc.
  • #*(Oliver Goldsmith) (1730-1774)
  • #*:A flattering painter who made it his care / To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are.
  • #*(Matthew Prior) (1664-1721)
  • #*:Can I, untouched, the fair one's passions move, / Or thou draw beauty and not feel its power?
  • #*{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=3 citation , passage=Sepia Delft tiles surrounded the fireplace, their crudely drawn Biblical scenes in faded cyclamen blending with the pinkish pine, while above them, instead of a mantelshelf, there was an archway high enough to form a balcony with slender balusters and a tapestry-hung wall behind.}}
  • #To deduce or infer.
  • #:
  • #(lb) (of drinks, especially tea) To leave temporarily so as to allow the flavour to increase.
  • #:
  • #(lb) To take or procure from a place of deposit; to call for and receive from a fund, etc.
  • #:
  • #To take into the lungs; to inhale.
  • #*
  • #*:Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes.She put back a truant curl from her forehead where it had sought egress to the world, and looked him full in the face now, drawing a deep breath which caused the round of her bosom to lift the lace at her throat.
  • #*1979 , (Monty Python), (Always Look on the Bright Side of Life)
  • #*:So always look on the bright side of death / Just before you draw your terminal breath
  • #(lb) To move; to come or go.
  • #:
  • #:
  • #:
  • #(lb) To obtain from some cause or origin; to infer from evidence or reasons; to deduce from premises; to derive.
  • #*(Edmund Burke) (1729-1797)
  • #*:We do not draw the moral lessons we might from history.
  • # To withdraw.
  • #*(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • #*:Go, wash thy face, and draw thy action.
  • #(lb) To draw up (a document).
  • #:
  • #*(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • #*:Clerk, draw a deed of gift.
  • (lb) To exert or experience force.
  • #(lb) To drag, pull.
  • #*
  • , chapter=4, title= Lord Stranleigh Abroad , passage=“[…] No rogue e’er felt the halter draw , with a good opinion of the law, and perhaps my own detestation of the law arises from my having frequently broken it.
  • #*1918 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), , Chapter VIII
  • #*:Lys shuddered, and I put my arm around her and drew her to me; and thus we sat throughout the hot night. She told me of her abduction and of the fright she had undergone, and together we thanked God that she had come through unharmed, because the great brute had dared not pause along the danger-infested way.
  • #*
  • #*:At the last moment Mollie, the foolish, pretty white mare who drew Mr. Jones's trap, came mincing daintily in, chewing at a lump of sugar.
  • #(lb) To pull; to exert strength in drawing anything; to have force to move anything by pulling.
  • #:
  • #:
  • #To pull out (as a gun from a holster, or a tooth).
  • #:
  • #To undergo the action of pulling or dragging.
  • #:
  • #(lb) To pull back the bowstring and its arrow in preparation for shooting.
  • #(of curtains, etc.) To close.
  • #:
  • #(lb) To take the top card of a deck into hand.
  • #:
  • To remove or separate or displace.
  • #To extract a liquid, or cause a liquid to come out, primarily water or blood.
  • #:
  • #*Bible, (w) iv. 11
  • #*:The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep.
  • #*(George Cheyne) (1671-1743)
  • #*:Spirits, by distillations, may be drawn out of vegetable juices, which shall flame and fume of themselves.
  • #To drain by emptying; to suck dry.
  • #*1705 , Richard Wiseman], ''[http://books.google.com.au/books?id=P5EIAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA303&dq=%22wiseman+on+tumours%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=kIu-UsSULcvbkAWjoYDICw&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22wiseman%20on%20tumours%22&f=false Tumours, Gun Shot Wounds, &c.
  • #*:Sucking and drawing the breast dischargeth the milk as fast as it can be generated.
  • #(lb) To extract; to force out; to elicit; to derive.
  • #*(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • #*:until you had drawn oaths from him
  • #To sink in water; to require a depth for floating.
  • #:
  • #*(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • #*:Greater hulks draw deep.
  • # To work as an epispastic; said of a blister, poultice, etc.
  • # To have a draught; to transmit smoke, gases, etc.
  • #:
  • #(lb) To consume, for example, power.
  • #:
  • (lb) To change in size or shape.
  • #To extend in length; to lengthen; to protract; to stretch.
  • #:
  • #*(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • #*:How long her face is drawn !
  • #*(John Richard Green) (1837-1883)
  • #*:the huge Offa's dike which he drew from the mouth of Wye to that of Dee
  • #(lb) To become contracted; to shrink.
  • #*(Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • #*:to draw into less room
  • (lb) To attract or be attracted.
  • #To attract.
  • #:
  • #*, chapter=5
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw' freaks, same as molasses ' draws flies.}}
  • #*{{quote-book, year=1935, author= George Goodchild
  • , title=Death on the Centre Court, chapter=5 , passage=By one o'clock the place was choc-a-bloc. […] The restaurant was packed, and the promenade between the two main courts and the subsidiary courts was thronged with healthy-looking youngish people, drawn to the Mecca of tennis from all parts of the country.}}
  • #(lb) To search for game.
  • #*1928 , (Siegfried Sassoon), (Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man) , Penguin 2013, p.87:
  • #*:On one of my expeditions, after a stormy night, at the end of March, the hounds drew all day without finding a fox.
  • #To cause.
  • #*{{quote-news, year=2011, date=July 3, author=Piers Newbury, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Wimbledon 2011: Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal in final , passage=In a desperately tight opening set, the pace and accuracy of the Serbian's groundstrokes began to draw errors from the usually faultless Nadal and earned him the first break point of the day at 5-4.}}
  • #(lb) To exert an attractive force; to act as an inducement or enticement.
  • #*(Joseph Addison) (1672-1719)
  • #*:Keep a watch upon the particular bias of their minds, that it may not draw too much.
  • (Usually as draw on' or ' draw upon ): to rely on; utilize as a source.
  • :
  • *(John Jay) (1745-1829)
  • *:You may draw on me for the expenses of your journey.
  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2012, month=March-April, author=John T. Jost
  • , volume=100, issue=2, page=162, magazine=(American Scientist) , title= Social Justice: Is It in Our Nature (and Our Future)? , passage=He draws eclectically on studies of baboons, descriptive anthropological accounts of hunter-gatherer societies and, in a few cases, the fossil record.}}
  • To disembowel.
  • :
  • * (1663-1712)
  • *:In private draw your poultry, clean your tripe.
  • To end a game in a (with neither side winning).
  • :
  • *{{quote-book, year=1922, year_published=2010 , edition=HTML, author=(Edgar Rice Burroughs)
  • , title= The Chessmen of Mars , publisher=The Gutenberg Project , passage=The game is won when a player places any of his pieces on the same square with his opponent's Princess, or when a Chief takes a Chief. It is drawn when a Chief is taken by any opposing piece other than the opposing Chief;
  • (lb) A random process.
  • #To select by the drawing of lots.
  • #:
  • #*1784 , (Edward Augustus Freeman), [https://archive.org/details/essayonparliamen00edinuoft An essay on parliamentary representation, and the magistracies of our boroughs royal:
  • #*:Provided magistracies were filled by men freely chosen or drawn .
  • #(lb) To win in a lottery or similar game of chance.
  • #:
  • #(lb) To trade in cards for replacements in draw poker games; to attempt to improve one's hand with future cards. See also draw out .
  • #:
  • (lb) To make a shot that lands in the house without hitting another stone.
  • Derived terms

    * draw a bath * drawback * drawbridge * drawing * draw in one's horns * drawl * drawmaster * draw one's last breath * draw out * draw raise * drawth * draw the line * draw up * draw weight


    (en noun)
  • The result of a contest in which neither side has won; a tie.
  • The game ended in a draw .
  • The procedure by which the result of a lottery is determined.
  • The draw is on Saturday.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 29 , author=Chris Bevan , title=Torquay 0 - 1 Crawley Town , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Having spent more than £500,000 on players last summer, Crawley can hardly be classed as minnows but they have still punched way above their weight and this kind of performance means no-one will relish pulling them out of the hat in Sunday's draw .}}
  • (cricket) The result of a two-innings match in which at least one side did not complete all their innings before time ran out. Different from a tie.
  • (golf) A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves intentionally to the left. See hook, slice, fade
  • (curling) A shot that lands in the house without hitting another stone.
  • (geography) A dry stream bed that drains surface water only during periods of heavy rain or flooding.
  • * 1918 , , Mirado Modern Classics, paperback edition, page 15
  • The garden, curiously enough, was a quarter of a mile from the house, and the way to it led up a shallow draw past the cattle corral.
  • (colloquial) Cannabis.
  • In a commission-based job, an advance on future (potential) commissions given to an employee by the employer.
  • (poker) A situation in which one or more players has four cards of the same suit or four out of five necessary cards for a straight and requires a further card to make their flush or straight.
  • *
  • The schedule of games in a - NRL Fixtures - 2011 NRL Draw
  • (archery) The act of pulling back the strings in preparation of firing.
  • Synonyms

    * (The result of a contest in which neither side has won) stalemate * (dry stream bed that drains water during periods of heavy precipitation) dry creek

    Derived terms

    * luck of the draw * meat draw * quick on the draw