When a tire moves over the surface of the road smoothly and grips well, this is an example of a tire that has good traction.
- a pulling or drawing, esp. of a load, vehicle, etc. over a road, track, or other surface
- the state of being pulled or drawn
- the kind of power used for pulling or drawing: electric traction
- a pulling, as of the muscles of the leg, arm, etc., in order to bring a fractured or dislocated bone into place
- a constant pull of this kind maintained by means of some apparatus, as for relieving pressure
- the power, as of tires on pavement, to grip or hold to a surface while moving, without slipping
- footing, headway, momentum, etc.: a candidate gaining traction among independent voters
Origin of tractionMedieval Latin tractio from Classical Latin tractus, past participle of trahere, to draw
- a. The act of drawing or pulling, especially the drawing of a vehicle or load over a surface by motor power.b. The condition of being drawn or pulled.
- Pulling power, as of a draft animal or engine.
- Adhesive friction, as of a wheel on a track or a tire on a road.
- Medicine A sustained pull applied mechanically especially to the arm, leg, or neck so as to correct fractured or dislocated bones, overcome muscle spasms, or relieve pressure.
- Informal Impetus or advancement, as toward a desired result: The bill gained traction in the Senate and was passed by a large majority.
Origin of tractionMedieval Latin tractiō tractiōn- from Latin tractus past participle of trahere to pull, draw
- the act of pulling something along a surface using motive power
- the condition of being so pulled
- the pulling power of an engine or animal
- the adhesive friction of a wheel etc on a surface
- (medicine) a mechanically applied sustained pull, especially to a limb
- (business) the extent of adoption of a new product or service, typically measured in number of customers or level of revenue achieved
- (politics) popular support
From Latin tractus, perfect passive participle of verb trahere (“pull"), + noun of action suffix -io (genitive -ionis).