The act by which something is pulled.
to apply a force to (an object) so that it comes toward the person or thing applying the force
* Bible, Genesis viii. 9
- He put forth his hand and pulled her in.
To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward oneself; to pluck.
- Ne'er pull your hat upon your brows.
to apply a force such that an object comes toward the person or thing applying the force
- to pull''' fruit from a tree; to '''pull''' flax; to '''pull a finch
To attract or net; to pull in.
* Marcella Ridlen Ray, Changing and Unchanging Face of United States Civil Society
- You're going to have to pull harder to get that cork out of the bottle.
To draw apart; to tear; to rend.
* Bible, Lam. iii. 11
- Television, a favored source of news and information, pulls the largest share of advertising monies.
(ambitransitive, UK, Ireland, slang) to persuade (someone) to have sex with one
- He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces; he hath made me desolate.
- I pulled at the club last night.
to remove (something), especially from public circulation or availability
- He's pulled that bird over there.
(informal) to do or perform
- Each day, they pulled the old bread and set out fresh loaves.
- He regularly pulls 12-hour days, sometimes 14.
to retrieve or generate for use
- You'll be sent home if you pull another stunt like that.
* 2006 , Michael Bellomo, Joel Elad, How to Sell Anything on Amazon...and Make a Fortune!
- I'll have to pull a part number for that.
to toss a frisbee with the intention of launching the disc across the length of a field
* 1874 , (Marcus Clarke), (For the Term of His Natural Life) Chapter VI
- They'll go through their computer system and pull a report of all your order fulfillment records for the time period you specify.
To strain (a muscle, tendon, ligament, etc.).
(video games, ambitransitive) To draw (a hostile non-player character) into combat, or toward or away from some location or target.
* 2003 April 9, "Richard Lawson" (username), "
- It had been a sort of race hitherto, and the rowers, with set teeth and compressed lips, had pulled stroke for stroke.
Monual's Willful Ignorance", in alt.games.everquest, Usenet:
* 2004 October 18, "Stush" (username), "
- …we had to clear a long hallway, run up half way, pull the boss mob to us, and engage.
Re: focus pull", in alt.games.dark-age-of-camelot, Usenet:
* 2005 August 2, "Brian" (username), "
- 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.
Re: How to tank Stratholme undead pulls?", in alt.games.warcraft, Usenet:
* 2007 April 10, "John Salerno" (username), "
- This is the only thing that should get you to break off from your position, is to pull something off the healer.
Re: Managing the Command Buttons", in alt.games.warcraft, Usenet:
* 2008 August 18, "Mark (newsgroups)" (username), "
- You could also set a fire trap, pull the mob toward it, then send in your pet….
Re: I'm a priest now!", in alt.games.warcraft, Usenet:
to score a certain amount of points in a sport.
* How many points did you pull today, Albert?
(horse-racing) To hold back, and so prevent from winning.
- 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.
(printing, dated) To take or make (a proof or impression); so called because hand presses were worked by pulling a lever.
(cricket) To strike the ball in a particular manner. (See noun sense.)
* R. H. Lyttelton
- The favourite was pulled .
(UK, slang) To pour beer from a pump, keg, or other source.
- Never pull a straight fast ball to leg.
- Let's stop at Finnigan's. The barkeep ''pulls'' a good pint.
* drag, tow, tug, yank
* (to remove from circulation) recall, withdraw, yank
* (sense) carry out, complete, do, execute, perform
* (to retrieve or generate for use) generate, get, get hold of, get one's hands on, lay one's hands on, obtain, retrieve
* push, repel, shove
See also pulling
* it's not the whistle that pulls the train
* pull a...
* pull about
* pull a face
* pull a fast one
* pull ahead
* pull away
* pull back
* pull down
* pull for
* pull in
* pull in one's horns
* pull off
* pull oneself together
* pull one's weight
* pull out
* pull out all the stops
* pull out of the fire
* pull over
* pull rank
* pull round
* pull somebody's leg
* pull the other one
* pull the wool over someone's eyes
* pull through
* pull together
* pull up
An act of pulling (applying force)
* Jonathan Swift
- He gave the hair a sharp pull and it came out.
An attractive force which causes motion towards the source
- I awakened with a violent pull upon the ring which was fastened at the top of my box.
- The spaceship came under the pull of the gas giant.
- iron fillings drawn by the pull of a magnet
Any device meant to be pulled, as a lever, knob, handle, or rope
- She took a pull on her cigarette.
(slang, dated) Something in one's favour in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing.
- a zipper pull
Appeal or attraction (as of a movie star)
(Internet, uncountable) The situation where a client sends out a request for data from a server, as in server pull'', ''pull technology
A journey made by rowing
* 1874 , (Marcus Clarke), (For the Term of His Natural Life) Chapter V
- In weights the favourite had the pull .
(dated) A contest; a struggle.
- 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.
- a wrestling pull
(obsolete, poetic) Loss or violence suffered.
(slang) The act of drinking.
- Two pulls at once; / His lady banished, and a limb lopped off.
- to take a pull at a mug of beer
(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
- (Charles Dickens)
- The pull is not a legitimate stroke, but bad cricket.
* (act of pulling) tug, yank
* (attractive force) attraction
* (device meant to be pulled) handle, knob, lever, rope
* (influence) influence, sway
* (act of pulling) push, shove
* (attractive force) repulsion
* (device meant to be pulled) button, push, push button
* on the pull
* pull cord