Draught vs Tonic - What's the difference?

draught | tonic |

As nouns the difference between draught and tonic

is that draught is the action or an act of pulling something along, especially a beast of burden, vehicle or tractor while tonic is a substance with medicinal properties intended to restore or invigorate or tonic can be (music) the first note of a scale.

As a verb draught

is to draw out; to call forth see draft.

As an adjective tonic is

(physics|pathology) pertaining to tension, especially of muscles or tonic can be (music) pertaining to the keynote of a composition.



Alternative forms

* draft (US)


(en noun)
  • The action or an act of pulling something along, especially a beast of burden, vehicle or tractor.
  • * Sir W. Temple
  • A general custom of using oxen for all sort of draught would be, perhaps, the greatest improvement.
  • The act of drawing, or pulling back.
  • * Spenser
  • She sent an arrow forth with mighty draught .
  • That which is drawn.
  • * L'Estrange
  • He laid down his pipe, and cast his net, which brought him a very great draught .
  • That which draws, such as a team of oxen or horses.
  • Capacity of being drawn; force necessary to draw; traction.
  • * Mortimer
  • The Hertfordshire wheel plough is of the easiest draught .
  • The act of drawing up, marking out, or delineating; representation.
  • (Dryden)
  • A sketch, outline, or representation, whether written, designed, or drawn; a delineation; a draft.
  • * Macaulay
  • A draught of a Toleration Act was offered to the Parliament by a private member.
  • * South
  • No picture or draught of these things from the report of the eye.
  • A current of air (usually coming into a room or vehicle).
  • * Charles Dickens
  • He preferred to go and sit upon the stairs, in a strong draught of air, until he was again sent for.
  • (maritime) The depth below the water line to the bottom of a vessel's hull.
  • An amount of liquid that is drunk in one swallow.
  • She took a deep draught from the bottle of water.
  • * 1851 ,
  • *:“Drink and pass!” he cried, handing the heavy charged flagon to the nearest seaman. “The crew alone now drink. Round with it, round! Short draughts —long swallows, men; ’tis hot as Satan’s hoof.
  • The act of drawing in a net for fish.
  • * 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , Luke V:
  • he sayde vnto Simon: Cary vs into the depe, and lett slippe thy nett to make a draught .
  • * Sir M. Hale
  • Upon the draught of a pond, not one fish was left.
  • (British) A game piece used in the game of draughts.
  • (Australia) A type of beer, brewed using a top-fermenting yeast; ale.
  • (UK, Ireland) Beer drawn from a cask or keg rather than a bottle or can.
  • (dated) A dose of medicine in liquid form.
  • * 1919 ,
  • Finally I gave him a draught , and he sank into uneasy slumber.
  • (medicine, obsolete) A mild vesicatory.
  • to apply draughts to the feet
  • The bevel given to the pattern for a casting, so that it can be drawn from the sand without damaging the mould.
  • (obsolete) A privy.
  • * 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , Matthew XV:
  • Then sayde Jesus: are ye yett withoute understondinge? perceave ye not, that whatsoever goeth in at the mouth, descendeth doune into the bely, and ys cast out into the draught ?
  • * 1623 , William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens :
  • Rid me these Villaines from your companies; / Hang them, or stab them, drowne them in a draught , / Confound them by some course, and come to me, / Ile giue you Gold enough.
  • (obsolete) A drawing or picture.
  • * 1646 , Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica , V.22:
  • And therefore, for the whole process, and full representation, there must be more than one draught ; the one representing him in station, the other in session, another in genuflexion.
  • (obsolete) A sudden attack or drawing upon an enemy.
  • * Spenser
  • drawing sudden draughts upon the enemy when he looketh not for you
  • (military) The act of selecting or detaching soldiers; a draft.
  • (military) The force drawn; a detachment; a draft.
  • Synonyms

    * (game) checkers * (mouthful of liquid) swig


    (en verb)
  • To draw out; to call forth. See draft.
  • (Addison)
  • To diminish or exhaust by drawing.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • The Parliament so often draughted and drained.
  • To draw in outline; to make a draught, sketch, or plan of, as in architectural and mechanical drawing.
  • (Webster 1913)



    Alternative forms

    * tonick (obsolete)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) . 17th century writers believed health to be derived from firmly stretched muscles, thus tonic''; the extension of ''tonic medicine appeared in the late 18th century.


    (en adjective)
  • (physics, pathology) Pertaining to tension, especially of muscles.
  • * 2009 , Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice , Vintage 2010, p. 316:
  • Out in front and across the street, Doc noted half a dozen or so young men, not loitering or doing substances but poised and tonic , as if waiting for some standing order to take effect.
  • Restorative, curative or invigorating.
  • The arrival of the new members had a tonic effect on the team.


    (en noun)
  • A substance with medicinal properties intended to restore or invigorate.
  • We used to brew a tonic from a particular kind of root.
  • Tonic water.
  • (US, Northeastern US) Any of various carbonated, non-alcoholic beverages; soda pop.
  • (figuratively) Something that revitalises or reinvigorates.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=February 5 , author=Paul Fletcher , title=Newcastle 4 - 4 Arsenal , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=The result is the perfect tonic for Newcastle, coming at the end of a week that saw the departure of Andy Carroll to Liverpool on Monday and an injury to Shola Ameobi during Wednesday's defeat at Fulham.}}

    Etymology 2

    From .


  • (music) Pertaining to the keynote of a composition.
  • Pertaining to the accent or stress in a word or in speech.
  • Of or relating to tones or sounds; specifically (phonetics, dated) being or relating to a speech sound made with tone unmixed and undimmed by obstruction, i.e. a vowel or diphthong.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (music) The first note of a scale.
  • (music) The triad built on the tonic note.
  • (phonetics) A tonic element or letter; a vowel or a diphthong.
  • Anagrams

    * ontic ----