The young child protracts her arm to touch the bubbles.
- An example of protract is when you explain something in 20 minutes that could be explained in 2 minutes.
- An example of protract is when you extend your arm.
- to draw out; lengthen in duration; prolong
- to draw to scale; using a protractor and scale
- Zool. to thrust out; extend
Origin of protractfrom Classical Latin protractus, past participle of protrahere from pro-, forward + trahere, to draw
transitive verbpro·tract·ed, pro·tract·ing, pro·tracts
- To draw out or lengthen in time; prolong: disputants who needlessly protracted the negotiations.
- Mathematics To draw to scale by means of a scale and protractor; plot.
- Anatomy To extend or protrude (a body part).
Origin of protractLatin prōtrahere prōtract- prō- forth ; see pro- 1. trahere to drag
(third-person singular simple present protracts, present participle protracting, simple past and past participle protracted)
- To draw out; to extend, especially in duration.
- To use a protractor.
- (surveying) To draw to a scale; to lay down the lines and angles of, with scale and protractor; to plot.
- To put off to a distant time; to delay; to defer.
- to protract a decision or duty
- To extend; to protrude.
- A cat can protract and retract its claws.
From the past participle stem of Latin prÅtrahÅ.