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Drag vs. Snag

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Dragnoun

(uncountable) Resistance of the air (or some other fluid) to something moving through it.

‘When designing cars, manufacturers have to take drag into consideration.’;

Snagnoun

A stump or base of a branch that has been lopped off; a short branch, or a sharp or rough branch.

Dragnoun

The bottom part of a sand casting mold.

Snagnoun

A dead tree that remains standing.

Dragnoun

(countable) A device dragged along the bottom of a body of water in search of something, e.g. a dead body, or in fishing.

Snagnoun

A tree, or a branch of a tree, fixed in the bottom of a river or other navigable water, and rising nearly or quite to the surface, by which boats are sometimes pierced and sunk.

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Dragnoun

A puff on a cigarette or joint.

Snagnoun

(by extension) Any sharp protuberant part of an object, which may catch, scratch, or tear other objects brought into contact with it.

Dragnoun

Someone or something that is annoying or frustrating, or disappointing; an obstacle to progress or enjoyment.

‘Travelling to work in the rush hour is a real drag.’;

Snagnoun

A tooth projecting beyond the others; a broken or decayed tooth.

Dragnoun

A type of horse-drawn carriage.

Snagnoun

(figuratively) A problem or difficulty with something.

‘we hit a snag’;

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Dragnoun

Street, as in 'main drag'.

Snagnoun

A pulled thread or yarn, as in cloth.

Dragnoun

(countable) The scent-path left by dragging a fox, for training hounds to follow scents.

‘to run a drag’;

Snagnoun

One of the secondary branches of an antler.

Dragnoun

A large amount of backspin on the cue ball, causing the cue ball to slow down.

Snagnoun

A light meal.

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Dragnoun

A heavy harrow for breaking up ground.

Snagnoun

A sausage.

Dragnoun

A kind of sledge for conveying heavy objects; also, a kind of low car or handcart.

‘a stone drag’;

Snagnoun

A goal.

Dragnoun

(metallurgy) The bottom part of a flask or mould, the upper part being the cope.

Snagnoun

A misnaged, an opponent to Chassidic Judaism (more likely modern, for cultural reasons).

Dragnoun

(masonry) A steel instrument for completing the dressing of soft stone.

Snagverb

To catch or tear (e.g. fabric) upon a rough surface or projection.

‘Be careful not to snag your stockings on that concrete bench!’;

Dragnoun

(nautical) 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.

Snagverb

To damage or sink (a vessel) by collision; said of a tree or branch fixed to the bottom of a navigable body of water and partially submerged or rising to just beneath the surface.

‘The steamboat was snagged on the Mississippi River in 1862.’;

Dragnoun

Anything towed in the water to retard a ship's progress, or to keep her head up to the wind; especially, a canvas bag with a hooped mouth (drag sail), so used.

Snagverb

(fishing) To fish by means of dragging a large hook or hooks on a line, intending to impale the body (rather than the mouth) of the target.

‘We snagged for spoonbill from the eastern shore of the Mississippi River.’;

Dragnoun

A skid or shoe for retarding the motion of a carriage wheel.

Snagverb

To obtain or pick up.

‘Ella snagged a bottle of water from the fridge before leaving for her jog.’;

Dragnoun

Motion affected with slowness and difficulty, as if clogged.

Snagverb

To cut the snags or branches from, as the stem of a tree; to hew roughly.

Dragnoun

witch house music

Snagnoun

A stump or base of a branch that has been lopped off; a short branch, or a sharp or rough branch; a knot; a protuberance.

‘The coat of armsNow on a naked snag in triumph borne.’;

Dragnoun

The last position in a line of hikers.

Snagnoun

A tooth projecting beyond the rest; contemptuously, a broken or decayed tooth.

Dragnoun

The act of suppressing wind flow to slow an aircraft in flight, as by use of flaps when landing.

Snagnoun

A tree, or a branch of a tree, fixed in the bottom of a river or other navigable water, and rising nearly or quite to the surface, by which boats are sometimes pierced and sunk.

Dragnoun

Women's clothing worn by men for the purpose of entertainment.

‘He performed in drag.’;

Snagnoun

One of the secondary branches of an antler.

‘How thy snag teeth stand orderly,Like stakes which strut by the water side.’;

Dragnoun

Any type of clothing or costume associated with a particular occupation or subculture.

‘corporate drag’;

Snagverb

To cut the snags or branches from, as the stem of a tree; to hew roughly.

Dragverb

(transitive) To pull along a surface or through a medium, sometimes with difficulty.

Snagverb

To injure or destroy, as a steamboat or other vessel, by a snag, or projecting part of a sunken tree.

Dragverb

(intransitive) To move slowly.

‘Time seems to drag when you’re waiting for a bus.’;

Snagnoun

a sharp protuberance

Dragverb

To act or proceed slowly or without enthusiasm; to be reluctant.

Snagnoun

a dead tree that is still standing, usually in an undisturbed forest;

‘a snag can provide food and a habitat for insects and birds’;

Dragverb

To move onward heavily, laboriously, or slowly; to advance with weary effort; to go on lingeringly.

Snagnoun

an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart;

‘there was a rip in his pants’; ‘she had snags in her stockings’;

Dragverb

To draw along (something burdensome); hence, to pass in pain or with difficulty.

Snagnoun

an unforeseen obstacle

Dragverb

To serve as a clog or hindrance; to hold back.

Snagverb

catch on a snag;

‘I snagged my stocking’;

Dragverb

(computing) To move (an item) on the computer display by means of a mouse or other input device.

‘Drag the file into the window to open it.’;

Snagverb

get by acting quickly and smartly;

‘snag a bargain’;

Dragverb

(chiefly of a vehicle) To inadvertently rub or scrape on a surface.

‘The car was so low to the ground that its muffler was dragging on a speed bump.’;

Snagverb

hew jaggedly

Dragverb

(soccer) To hit or kick off target.

Dragverb

To fish with a dragnet.

Dragverb

To search for something, as a lost object or body, by dragging something along the bottom of a body of water.

Dragverb

To break (land) by drawing a drag or harrow over it; to harrow.

Dragverb

(figurative) To search exhaustively, as if with a dragnet.

Dragverb

(slang) To roast, say negative things about, or call attention to the flaws of (someone).

‘You just drag him 'cause he's got more money than you.’;

Dragverb

To perform as a drag queen or drag king.

Dragnoun

A confection; a comfit; a drug.

Dragnoun

The act of dragging; anything which is dragged.

Dragnoun

A net, or an apparatus, to be drawn along the bottom under water, as in fishing, searching for drowned persons, etc.

Dragnoun

A kind of sledge for conveying heavy bodies; also, a kind of low car or handcart; as, a stone drag.

Dragnoun

A heavy coach with seats on top; also, a heavy carriage.

Dragnoun

A heavy harrow, for breaking up ground.

Dragnoun

Anything towed in the water to retard a ship's progress, or to keep her head up to the wind; esp., a canvas bag with a hooped mouth, so used. See Drag sail (below).

‘My lectures were only a pleasure to me, and no drag.’;

Dragnoun

Motion affected with slowness and difficulty, as if clogged.

Dragnoun

The bottom part of a flask or mold, the upper part being the cope.

Dragnoun

A steel instrument for completing the dressing of soft stone.

Dragnoun

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, v. i., 3.

Dragverb

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 labor, 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.’; ‘The grossness of his nature will have weight to drag thee down.’; ‘A needless Alexandrine ends the songThat, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along.’;

Dragverb

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.’;

Dragverb

To draw along, as something burdensome; hence, to pass in pain or with difficulty.

‘Have dragged a lingering life.’;

Dragverb

To be drawn along, as a rope or dress, on the ground; to trail; to be moved onward along the ground, or along the bottom of the sea, as an anchor that does not hold.

Dragverb

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.’; ‘Long, open panegyric drags at best.’;

Dragverb

To serve as a clog or hindrance; to hold back.

‘A propeller is said to drag when the sails urge the vessel faster than the revolutions of the screw can propel her.’;

Dragverb

To fish with a dragnet.

Dragnoun

the phenomenon of resistance to motion through a fluid

Dragnoun

something that slows or delays progress;

‘taxation is a drag on the economy’; ‘too many laws are a drag on the use of new land’;

Dragnoun

something tedious and boring;

‘peeling potatoes is a drag’;

Dragnoun

clothing that is conventionally worn by the opposite sex (especially women's clothing when worn by a man);

‘he went to the party dressed in drag’; ‘the waitresses looked like missionaries in drag’;

Dragnoun

a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke);

‘he took a puff on his pipe’; ‘he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly’;

Dragnoun

the act of dragging (pulling with force);

‘the drag up the hill exhausted him’;

Dragverb

pull, as against a resistance;

‘He dragged the big suitcase behind him’; ‘These worries were dragging at him’;

Dragverb

draw slowly or heavily;

‘haul stones’; ‘haul nets’;

Dragverb

force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action;

‘They were swept up by the events’; ‘don't drag me into this business’;

Dragverb

move slowly and as if with great effort

Dragverb

to lag or linger behind;

‘But in so many other areas we still are dragging’;

Dragverb

suck in or take (air);

‘draw a deep breath’; ‘draw on a cigarette’;

Dragverb

use a computer mouse to move icons on the screen and select commands from a menu;

‘drag this icon to the lower right hand corner of the screen’;

Dragverb

walk without lifting the feet

Dragverb

search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost

Dragverb

persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting;

‘He dragged me away from the television set’;

Dragverb

proceed for an extended period of time;

‘The speech dragged on for two hours’;

Dragverb

pull (someone or something) along forcefully, roughly, or with difficulty

‘we dragged the boat up the beach’;

Dragverb

take (someone) to or from a place or event, despite their reluctance

‘my girlfriend is dragging me off to Rhodes for a week’;

Dragverb

go somewhere wearily, reluctantly, or with difficulty

‘I have to drag myself out of bed each day’;

Dragverb

move (an image or highlighted text) across a computer screen using a tool such as a mouse

‘you can move the icons into this group by dragging them in with the mouse’;

Dragverb

(of a person's clothes or an animal's tail) trail along the ground

‘the nuns walked in meditation, their habits dragging on the grassy verge’;

Dragverb

catch hold of and pull (something)

‘desperately, Jinny dragged at his arm’;

Dragverb

(of a ship) trail (an anchor) along the seabed, drifting in the process

‘the coaster was dragging her anchor in St Ives Bay’; ‘the anchor did not hold and they dragged further through the water’;

Dragverb

(of an anchor) fail to hold, causing a ship or boat to drift

‘his anchor had dragged and he found himself sailing out to sea’;

Dragverb

search the bottom of (a river, lake, or the sea) with grapnels or nets

‘frogmen had dragged the local river’;

Dragverb

(of time) pass slowly and tediously

‘the day dragged—eventually it was time for bed’;

Dragverb

(of a process or situation) continue at tedious and unnecessary length

‘the dispute between the two families dragged on for some years’;

Dragverb

protract something unnecessarily

‘he dragged out the process of serving them’;

Dragnoun

the action of pulling something forcefully or with difficulty

‘the drag of the current’;

Dragnoun

the longitudinal retarding force exerted by air or other fluid surrounding a moving object

‘the coating reduces aerodynamic drag’;

Dragnoun

a person or thing that impedes progress or development

‘Larry was turning out to be a drag on her career’;

Dragnoun

unnatural motion of a fishing fly caused by the pull of the line.

Dragnoun

an iron shoe that can be applied as a brake to the wheel of a cart or wagon.

Dragnoun

a boring or tiresome person or thing

‘working nine to five can be a drag’;

Dragnoun

an act of inhaling smoke from a cigarette

‘he took a long drag on his cigarette’;

Dragnoun

clothing more conventionally worn by the opposite sex, especially women's clothes worn by a man

‘a fashion show, complete with men in drag’;

Dragnoun

a street or road

‘the main drag is wide but there are few vehicles’;

Dragnoun

a thing that is pulled along the ground or through water.

Dragnoun

a harrow used for breaking up the surface of land.

Dragnoun

an apparatus for dredging or for recovering objects from the bottom of a river or lake.

Dragnoun

another term for dragnet

Dragnoun

a strong-smelling lure drawn before hounds as a substitute for a fox.

Dragnoun

a hunt using a drag lure.

Dragnoun

influence over other people

‘they had the education but they didn't have the drag’;

Dragnoun

one of the basic patterns (rudiments) of drumming, consisting of a stroke preceded by two grace notes usually played with the other stick.

Dragnoun

short for drag race

Dragnoun

a private vehicle like a stagecoach, drawn by four horses.

Dragnoun

a car

‘a stately great drag with a smart chauffeur’;

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