noetic |nōˈetik|


of or relating to mental activity or the intellect.

ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Greek noētikos, from noētos ‘intellectual,’ from noein ‘perceive.’

pull |poŏl|

verb [ trans. ]

1 exert force on (someone or something), typically by taking hold of them, in order to move or try to move them toward oneself or the origin of the force : he pulled the car door handle and began to get out | [ intrans. ] the little boy pulled at her skirt.

(of an animal or vehicle) be attached to the front and be the source of forward movement of (a vehicle) : the carriage was pulled by four horses.

[ trans. ] take hold of and exert force on (something) so as to move it from a specified position or in a specified direction : she pulled a handkerchief out of her pocket | he pulled on his | I pulled up some onions.

informal bring out (a weapon) to attack or threaten someone : it's not every day a young woman pulls a gun on a burglar.

[ intrans. ] ( pull at/on) inhale deeply while smoking (a pipe or cigar).

damage (a muscle, ligament, etc.) by abnormal strain.

print (a proof).

Computing retrieve (an item of data) from the top of a stack.

2 [ intrans. ] (of a vehicle or person) move steadily in a specified direction or to reach a specified point : the bus was about to pull away | the boy pulled ahead and disappeared around the corner.

[with adverbial of direction ] ( pull oneself) move in a specified direction with effort, esp. by taking hold of something and exerting force : he pulled himself into the saddle.

[ intrans. ] move one's body in a specified direction, esp. against resistance : she tried to pull away from him.

[ intrans. ] (of an engine) exert propulsive force; deliver power : the engine warmed up quickly and pulled well.

[ intrans. ] work oars to cause a boat to move : he pulled at the oars, and the boat moved swiftly through the water.

3 cause (someone) to patronize, buy, or show interest in something; attract : tourist attractions that pull in millions of foreign visitors.

influence in favor of a particular course of action : they are pulled in incompatible directions by external factors and their own beliefs.

informal carry out or achieve (something requiring skill, luck, or planning) : the magazine pulled its trick of producing the right issue at the right time.

4 informal cancel or withdraw (an entertainment or advertisement) : the gig was pulled at the first sign of difficulty.

withdraw (a player) from a game : four of the leading eight runners were pulled.

check the speed of (a horse), esp. so as to make it lose a race.

5 chiefly Baseball Golf strike (a ball) in the direction of one’s follow-through so that it travels to the left (or, with a left-handed player, to the right: : he pulled the ball every time he hit a grounder.

6 [ intrans. ] Football (of a lineman) withdraw from position and cross parallel to and behind the line of scrimmage to block opposing players for a runner.


1 an act of taking hold of something and exerting force to draw it toward one : give the hair a quick pull, and it comes out by the roots.

a handle to hold while performing such an action : the Cowboy Collection offers hand-forged iron drawer pulls.

a deep draft of a drink : he unscrewed the cap from the flask and took another pull.

an act of sucking at a cigar or pipe : he took a pull on his cheroot.

an injury to a muscle or ligament caused by abnormal strain : he was ruled out of the game with a hamstring pull.

a printer's proof.

2 [in sing. ] a force drawing someone or something in a particular direction : the pull of the water tore her away.

a powerful influence or compulsion : the pull of her hometown was a strong one.

something exerting an influence or attraction : one of the pulls of urban life is the opportunity of finding work.

the condition of being able to exercise influence : they were hamstrung without the political pull of the mayor’s office.