Definition of drawing board in English:

drawing board

noun

  • A large flat board on which paper may be spread for artists or designers to work on.

    • ‘Considering that it is not only the land of the rising sun, but also one that has to keep earthquakes in mind, it should be interesting to look at what comes out of the drawing boards there.’
    • ‘Maybe Hirschfeld, who made it up while sitting in a barber chair in front of a drawing board, left a bit of his capacious spirit to inspire the rest of us.’
    • ‘My designs have never got past the drawing board.’
    • ‘Contestant are being given plenty of advance warning to get out their drawing boards, their hammers and barrels and get working on their floating master pieces.’
    • ‘Most never got beyond the drawing boards, and all were scrapped prior to the return of the UN inspectors last year.’
    • ‘No longer are they stuck to making pictures of cowboys on their drawing boards.’
    • ‘John, with the help of fellow architect Joe Lawrence, got busy at the drawing board to create a home into which he injected plenty of mischief, as well as a hard and practical edge.’
    • ‘They would have been smarter to get to the drawing board sooner.’
    • ‘I'm talking about pages that Mr. Kirby never actually did but which are being marketed as if they're off his drawing board.’
    • ‘Some came armed with T-scales, drawing boards, protractors and compasses.’
    • ‘With the rain keeping away for the day, the children, armed with drawing boards, paint, brushes and palettes, waited patiently for the 2002 edition of the competition to commence.’
    • ‘The statement of claim has been completely struck out, and not only are they having to amend, they're going to have to start from the drawing board.’
    • ‘This one stars Rube and shows him at the drawing board and such.’
    • ‘They filled the Jawahar Bal Bhavan and spread out on the lawns of the Public Gardens and the adjacent skating section as they set to work with their drawing boards and canvasses.’
    • ‘Nine uniformed dragoons are standing around with the figure that is probably the architect, in frock coat and top hat concentrating on a drawing board.’
    • ‘The unfinished piece on his drawing board was a sketch of the Marx brothers (all of whom he had known personally).’
    • ‘Back to the drawing board, he did nothing for six months and then applied for a job as a postman in Reading, where Dawn's brother, Vince, had worked since leaving school.’
    • ‘He worked for nearly six decades at the large table, with its angled drawing board and T-square, that had been made for him when he joined the staff.’
    • ‘Since most of modern wars are fought less on the field and more on the drawing boards with paper and pencils, a lot of papers have been flying around.’
    • ‘If you are a professional mathematician already at one of the drawing boards, then good luck to you.’

Phrases

  • back to the drawing board

    • Used to indicate that an idea, scheme, or proposal has been unsuccessful and that a new one must be devised.

      ‘the government must go back to the drawing board and review the whole issue of youth training’
      • ‘They have also decided to go back to the drawing board on the idea for bus priority in Shipton Road between Loweswater Road and Rawcliffe Lane.’
      • ‘Time and again, proposals are sent back to the drawing board, put back out to consultation, referred up then down then up again.’
      • ‘The developers must now go back to the drawing board in relation to this second phase of their project.’
      • ‘After New Yorkers rejected the first ideas, designers went back to the drawing board.’
      • ‘They instead sent the whole proposal back to the drawing board for further consideration.’
      • ‘The good scholars then go back to the drawing board and try to tweak their original idea, or come up with a new one.’
      • ‘The regulations must be sent back to the drawing board and revised to conform to the real world.’
      • ‘It is back to the drawing board as the private finance initiative scheme is scrapped.’
      • ‘York Council expects to send developers back to the drawing board over their proposals for the city's Barbican Centre.’
      • ‘Perhaps it is time to go back to the drawing board and ask whether the idea of splitting the North into three was the right way to go?’
  • on the drawing board

    • (of an idea, scheme, or proposal) under consideration and not yet ready to put into practice.

      ‘there are plans to enlarge the runway, but at present all this remains on the drawing board’
      • ‘Proposals are on the drawing board and they are eager to bring about a revival of the game.’
      • ‘Even if such space faring abilities were beyond them, the sooner the ideas were on the drawing board, the sooner something would get done.’
      • ‘According to Pat there are a number of schemes on the drawing board which will commence construction immediately after Christmas.’
      • ‘But prices have risen since the scheme first went on the drawing board.’
      • ‘Other ideas like birdhouse building are still on the drawing board.’
      • ‘We recommended that they extend these stores to all locations, as well as introduce any new service ideas they had on the drawing board.’
      • ‘The people of Bingley have every right to be alarmed at the proposals on the drawing board for the redevelopment of this historic community.’
      • ‘Proposals for the centre have been on the drawing board since 1997, councillors approving the plans two years ago.’
      • ‘The other ideas remain on the drawing board, meaning that debris reduction will have to rely on mitigation, at least for the near future.’
      • ‘Proposals for the centre have been on the drawing board since 1997 but Sheffield City Council only approved the plans three years ago.’
      exploratory, investigational, probing, fact-finding, trial and error
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Pronunciation

drawing board

/ˈdrɔɪŋ ˌbɔrd//ˈdroiNG ˌbôrd/