pull

v. t.

  1. To draw, or attempt to draw, toward one; to draw forcibly.
  2. To draw apart; to tear; to rend.
  3. To gather with the hand, or by drawing toward one; to pluck; as, to pull fruit; to pull flax; to pull a finch.
  4. To move or operate by the motion of drawing towards one; as, to pull a bell; to pull an oar.
  5. To hold back, and so prevent from winning; as, the favorite was pulled.
  6. To take or make, as a proof or impression; -- hand presses being worked by pulling a lever.
  7. To strike the ball in a particular manner. See Pull, n., 8.

v. i.

  1. To exert one's self in an act or motion of drawing or hauling; to tug; as, to pull at a rope.

n.

  1. The act of pulling or drawing with force; an effort to move something by drawing toward one.
  2. A contest; a struggle; as, a wrestling pull.
  3. A pluck; loss or violence suffered.
  4. A knob, handle, or lever, etc., by which anything is pulled; as, a drawer pull; a bell pull.
  5. The act of rowing; as, a pull on the river.
  6. The act of drinking; as, to take a pull at the beer, or the mug.
  7. Something in one's favor in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing; as, in weights the favorite had the pull.
  8. A kind of stroke by which a leg ball is sent to the off side, or an off ball to the side.