One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Pulled or dragged by hand, especially as opposed to by an animal or by mechanical power.
2Of an image: drawn by hand, as opposed to having been created by photography or computer software; specifically (of the soundtrack to a film) created by hand-drawing sound waves directly on to the celluloid, as opposed to by recording using a microphone.
3Of a textile fabric: ornamented by drawing out by hand some of the threads of the warp and woof.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in George Dasent (1817–1896), Scandinavian scholar. From hand + drawn.
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