from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In wire-drawing, a drum or cylinder to which one end of the wire is attached, and which by its motion draws the wire through the drawing-plate, and at the same time coils it.


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  • Michael, who promptly appeared on the threshold, held up a large drawing-block for his sister's inspection.

    The Great Amulet Maud Diver 1906

  • He went into the shack and came back with a drawing-block which he stood upon the table under the lamp, and Dick saw that it was a water-color portrait of Clare Kenwardine.

    Brandon of the Engineers Harold Bindloss 1905

  • The books were pushed aside, and he was sketching in lead-pencil on a drawing-block.

    The Old Wives' Tale Arnold Bennett 1899

  • After sitting with her, and reading the usual favorite chapter in the big Bible, and answering the usual question of "Any news of Master Raymond?" in the usual way, Ruth got up to go, and the old woman asked her if she wanted the drawing-block which she had left with her some time ago with an unfinished sketch on it of the stables.

    The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers Mary Cholmondeley 1892

  • She started violently, and grasped the drawing-block in both hands.

    The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers Mary Cholmondeley 1892

  • Pilar had a drawing-block and used a pencil, Wilhelm sketched his picture on a page of a large album in colored chalks like a pastel.

    The Malady of the Century Max Simon Nordau 1886


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