- a. The act of protracting.b. The state of being protracted.
- Linguistics The irregular lengthening of a normally short syllable.
(countable and uncountable, plural protractions)
Variant of protract
- to draw out; lengthen in duration; prolong
- to draw to scale; using a protractor and scale
- Zool. to thrust out; extend
Origin of protract; from Classical Latin protractus, past participle of protrahere ; from pro-, forward + trahere, to draw