Definition of Traction

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

Exact synonyms: Adhesive Friction, Grip
Category relationships: Auto, Automobile, Car, Machine, Motorcar
Generic synonyms: Friction, Rubbing

2. 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"
Generic synonyms: Pull, Pulling
Category relationships: Orthopaedics, Orthopedics

Definition of Traction

1. n. The act of drawing, or the state of being drawn; as, the traction of a muscle.

Definition of Traction

1. Noun. the act of pulling something along a surface using motive power ¹

2. Noun. the condition of being so pulled ¹

3. Noun. Grip ¹

4. Noun. the pulling power of an engine or animal ¹

5. Noun. the adhesive friction of a wheel etc on a surface ¹

6. Noun. (medicine) a mechanically applied sustained pull, especially to a limb ¹

7. Noun. (business) the extent of adoption of a new product or service, typically measured in number of customers or level of revenue achieved ¹

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Definition of Traction

1. the act of pulling or drawing over a surface [n -S] : TRACTIVE [adj]

Medical Definition of Traction

1. The act of drawing or pulling the teeth. (08 Jan 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Traction

tract of Munzer and Wiener
tract of Schutz
traction (current term)
traction alopecia
traction atrophy
traction diverticulum
traction engine
traction engines
traction epiphysis

Literary usage of Traction

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1921)
"(a) The Richmond traction Company is hereby authorized to connect its eastern track on First street with the southern track of the Richmond Passenger ..."

2. Annual Report by New Jersey Civil Service Commission (1910)
"Adirondack Lakes' traction Company, The "в Albany and Hudson Railroad Company 21 Auburn and Northern Electric Railroad Company 48 Auburn and Syracuse ..."

3. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1917)
"ANNUAL REPORT OF traction AND TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE To the Board of Directors, The traction and Transportation Committee submits the following report for ..."

4. Edinburgh Medical Journal (1884)
"traction can be made in any direction from an Breus has designed a forceps of a somewhat different type. He describes this instrument as follows:—" Each ..."

5. Journal by United States Congress Senate (1895)
"The rapid growth of electrical traction in Europe, wherever local ... By Cable traction ; and, 2. By Motor Cars or Locomotives with Fixed Conductors. ..."

6. The Engineering Index Annual for by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1911)
"15113 B. Electric traction. The Equipment and Working Results of the Mersey Railway under Steam and under Electric traction. Joshua Shaw. 6000 w. ..."

7. Report of the Annual Meeting (1900)
"Resistance of Road Vehicles to traction. By Professor HELE SHAW, LL.D., FRS These facts, nnd the introduction generally of ..."

8. Farm Machinery and Farm Motors by Jay Brownlee Davidson, Leon Wilson Chase (1908)
"traction engines.—The steam boiler and the steam engine have been ... The traction steam engine is the boiler, engine, and propelling device all in one. ..."

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