pull


pull (http://definr.com/pull)

     n 1: the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward
          or with you; "the pull up the hill had him breathing
          harder"; "his strenuous pulling strained his back" [syn:
           pulling]
     2: the force used in pulling; "the pull of the moon"; "the pull
        of the current"
     3: special advantage or influence; "the chairman's nephew has a
        lot of pull"
     4: a device used for pulling something; "he grabbed the pull
        and opened the drawer"
     5: a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his
        knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a
        hamstring pull" [syn: wrench, twist]
     6: 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" [syn: puff, drag]
     7: a sustained effort; "it was a long pull but we made it"
     v 1: cause to move along the ground by pulling; "draw a wagon";
          "pull a sled" [syn: draw, force] [ant: push]
     2: direct toward itself or oneself; "Her good looks attract the
        stares of many men"; "The ad pulled in many potential
        customers"; "This pianist pulls huge crowds"; "The store
        owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers"
        [syn: attract, pull in, draw in] [ant: repel]
     3: move into a certain direction; of a car; "The van pulled up"
     4: apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the
        motion; "Pull the rope"; "Pull the handle towards you";
        "pull the string gently"; "pull the trigger of the gun";
        "pull your kneees towards your chin"
     5: perform an act, usually with a negative connotation:
        "perpetrate a crime"; "pull a bank robbery" [syn: perpetrate,
         commit]
     6: bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a
        cover; "draw a weapon"; "pull out a gun"; "The mugger
        pulled a knife on his victim" [syn: draw, pull out, {get
        out}, take out]
     7: steer into a certain direction; of a vehicle; "pull one's
        horse to a stand"; "Pull the car over"
     8: strain abnormally; "I pulled a muscle in my leg when I
        jumped up"; "The athlete pulled a tendon in the
        competition" [syn: overstretch]
     9: cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force
        upon, either physically or in an abstract sense; "A
        declining dollar pulled down the export figures for the
        last quarter"
     10: operate when rowing a boat; "pull the oars"
     11: rein in to keep from winning a race; "pull a horse"
     12: attract or elicit; "The school attracts students with
         artistic talents"; "His playing drew a crowd"; "The
         painting fetched more than a million at the auction";
         "The star cast pulled many people to the box office"
         [syn: attract, fetch, draw]
     13: tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to
         bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips" [syn: rend,
          rip, rive]
     14: baseball: hit in the direction that the player is facing
         when carrying through the swing; "pull the ball"
     15: strip of feathers; "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon" [syn:
          pluck, tear, deplume, deplumate, displume]
     16: draw or pull out, usually with some force or effort; also
         used in an abstract sense; "pull weeds"; "extract a bad
         tooth"; "take out a splinter"; "extract information from
         the telegram" [syn: extract, pull out, pull up, {take
         out}, draw out]
     17: take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy
         for; "We all rooted for the home team"; "I'm pulling for
         the underdog"; "Are you siding with the defender of the
         title?" [syn: side, root]
     18: take away; "pull the old soup cans from the supermarket
         shelf"