Definition of draftsman in English:


(British draughtsman)


  • 1A person who makes detailed technical plans or drawings.

    • ‘A draftsman can also take the plans to structural engineers or other licensed professionals to be stamped if a particular element in the building should need special consideration.’
    • ‘An extremely limited circle of people was involved in planning the operation (dispensing with draftsmen, typists and other technical personnel).’
    • ‘In the civilian world, engineering technicians are known as draftsmen and surveyors.’
    • ‘The rapidograph quickly caught on among draftsmen and designers, who elevated the technical pen to an industry standard.’
    • ‘An ex-paratrooper and draftsman, he found his niche finally as a technician in the X-ray laboratory of the Canadian Museum of Nature.’
    • ‘I ran the plans past a draftsman friend, who added enough heavy-duty steel fixings to ensure that even if the house falls down in an earthquake, the veranda will still stand.’
    • ‘For some years he had worked in the advertising field as a mechanical draftsman, and he had learned, among other techniques, the use of the airbrush.’
    1. 1.1 An artist skilled in drawing.
      • ‘Whether still lifes or landscapes, the human figure or abstraction, the versatility of the medium has attracted some of today's most skilled draftsmen.’
      • ‘There is, indeed, modest little ‘art’ to write about in most of these prints, for the artists who drew them were by and large journeymen draftsmen executing assignments for publishers.’
      • ‘A highly skilled draftsman, he mimics in the series the styles of a startling array of artists, ranging from William Blake to Robert Rauschenberg, from Tom of Finland to Dr. Seuss.’
      • ‘He was a natural draftsman and graphic artist.’
      • ‘When the ship reached Rio de Janeiro, Martens learned that the Beagle expedition needed a draftsman and topographical artist to replace Augustus Earle, whose health had forced him to leave the venture.’
      • ‘Some works have the rigidity of architectural elevations, indicating the training as draftsmen, mapmakers, and surveyors that some Indian artists received from the British military.’
      • ‘Certainly, one or more artists of extraordinary talent - not only gifted draftsmen but also keen observers of wildlife - lived in the vicinity.’
      • ‘Sometimes I questioned my worth as a draftsman, an illustrator, a storyteller, an artist - a person.’
      • ‘The Daniells' paintings and engravings also inspired a group of Indian artists and draftsmen to produce their own depictions of important Indian monuments, largely for a Western audience.’
      • ‘In 1558 in his Magia Naturalis, he stressed that the camera obscura would also be invaluable to draftsmen and artists and described the device in some detail.’
      • ‘He is not a prolific painter or a facile draftsman, but he has proved a most dutiful artist.’
      • ‘He was a skilled draftsman who had neither hands nor legs.’
      • ‘He has worked as a painter, draftsman, photographer, muralist, sculptor and performance artist.’
      • ‘His compositions reveal the hand of a skilled draftsman.’
  • 2A person who drafts legal documents.

    • ‘If your Honours look at the terminology, your Honours might have a view as to what the draftsman was concerned to guard against in coming to draft section 476.’
    • ‘Last night, a Government spokesperson insisted the bill was put together by the parliamentary draftsman's office and the Attorney General.’
    • ‘This is too complex a matter to be left in the clandestine care of legal draftsmen.’
    • ‘The loophole that led to the collapse of the ban had escaped the gaze of the legal draftsmen, the Attorney General and the Cabinet.’
    • ‘Now, it does not matter whether they have said that or not, because it is implied by federal law, but it is a little unfair to the Victorian draftsman, or the general draftsman, to say that the section in some way conflicts.’
    • ‘The legal statement of rights is, in some respects, a codification of the rule of law by lawyers and legal draftsmen.’
    • ‘Even if the documents had been with the costs draftsman the Respondent could have gained access to them or could have obtained a copy.’
    • ‘She said: ‘Nobody is infallible, including parliamentary draftsmen.’’
    • ‘Fortunately, the draftsmen of the ICC Statute made a significant contribution, when they endeavoured to define as precisely as possible the various categories of crimes.’
    • ‘It seems to me that words have been used intentionally by a draftsman in a field where authority has laid down what those words will be taken to mean.’
    • ‘He said there were two clear organisations - a supporters group and a political party - and while it may not have pleased a legal draftsman it was the way the party chose to establish itself.’
    • ‘The parliamentary draftsmen in 1996 widened the classes of people not eligible, so the clause now covers anybody who contested general elections.’
    • ‘The parliamentary draftsman would have had in mind the speech of Lord’
    • ‘Among those attending the meeting were all key draftsmen of the Nepad plan.’
    • ‘On an ethical issue we depend far more on professional integrity than on text cobbled together by the parliamentary draftsman.’
    • ‘Also among the first band of swimmers was a legal costs draftsman.’
    • ‘The documentary advertisements that the draftsman of the Act had in mind would have had some quality of permanence.’
    • ‘This argument is based on the proposition that where a draftsman of a document has expressed himself differently in two places, there is a presumption that he did so because he intended two different effects.’
    • ‘If they had wanted legal advice, then they should have appointed a legal assessor, not a draftsman and made that clear to the parties.’
    • ‘Those authorities will have been consistently acted upon by draftsmen, receivers and others.’