Definitions for tractionˈtræk ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

trac•tionˈtræk ʃən(n.)

  1. the adhesive friction of a body on some surface, as a wheel on a rail or a tire on a road.

    Category: Mechanics

  2. the action of drawing a body, vehicle, train, or the like, along a surface.

    Category: Transportation

  3. the deliberate and prolonged pulling of a muscle, organ, or the like, as by weights, to correct dislocation, relieve pressure, etc.

    Category: Medicine

  4. the act of drawing or pulling.

  5. the state of being drawn.

Origin of traction:

1605–15; < ML tractiō dragging, hauling < L trac-, var. s. of trahere to pull, draw

trac′tion•al(adj.)

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"

Wiktionary

  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)

    Grip

  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

Freebase

  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)


Translations for traction

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

tug(noun)

a strong, sharp pull

He gave the rope a tug.

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