What does traction mean?

Definitions for tractionˈtræk ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word traction.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. grip, traction, adhesive friction(noun)

    the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)

  2. traction(noun)

    (orthopedics) the act of pulling on a bone or limb (as in a fracture) to relieve pressure or align parts in a special way during healing

    "his leg was in traction for several days"


  1. traction(Noun)

    the act of pulling something along a surface using motive power

  2. traction(Noun)

    the condition of being so pulled

  3. traction(Noun)


  4. traction(Noun)

    the pulling power of an engine or animal

  5. traction(Noun)

    the adhesive friction of a wheel etc on a surface

  6. traction(Noun)

    a mechanically applied sustained pull, especially to a limb

  7. traction(Noun)

    the extent of adoption of a new product or service, typically measured in number of customers or level of revenue achieved

  8. Origin: From tractus, perfect passive participle of verb trahere, + noun of action suffix -io (genitive -ionis).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Traction(noun)

    the act of drawing, or the state of being drawn; as, the traction of a muscle

  2. Traction(noun)

    specifically, the act of drawing a body along a plane by motive power, as the drawing of a carriage by men or horses, the towing of a boat by a tug

  3. Traction(noun)

    attraction; a drawing toward

  4. Traction(noun)

    the adhesive friction of a wheel on a rail, a rope on a pulley, or the like


  1. Traction

    Traction refers to the maximum frictional force that can be produced between surfaces without slipping. The units of traction are those of force, or if expressed as a coefficient of traction a ratio.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Traction

    The pull on a limb or a part thereof. Skin traction (indirect traction) is applied by using a bandage to pull on the skin and fascia where light traction is required. Skeletal traction (direct traction), however, uses pins or wires inserted through bone and is attached to weights, pulleys, and ropes. (From Blauvelt & Nelson, A Manual of Orthopaedic Terminology, 5th ed)


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of traction in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of traction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ryan Lance:

    We've got to gain some traction this year. Certainly as we go into an election year, it becomes harder.

  2. Tariq Zahir:

    There's a whole lot of things going on, from the options trade in WTI to the position squaring in Brent, that's helping oil prices get some upward traction here.

  3. Marcelo Kopel:

    The announcements so far are consistent with a scenario of gradually recovering confidence among businesses and investors, which should gain traction throughout the year.

  4. Cris Duy Tran:

    The smartphone market is limited in terms of new features and ideas right now. That's why it's essential for smartphone brands to come up with something new to gain more traction and improve their business opportunities.

  5. Rhoda Alexander:

    It is worth noting that vendors on the Android side of the business have struggled to gain traction with 12-inch and larger slate tablets. Apple’s approach is experience oriented, so IHS expects the launch will be paired with a well-developed use case for the larger size, and new applications that take full advantage of the larger screen area.

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