- Traction is defined as how well something grips onto something, moves ahead without slipping or pulling power.
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.
traction definition by Webster's New World
- 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
Origin: Midieval Latin tractio ; from Classical Latin tractus, past participle of trahere, to draw
- tractional adjective
traction definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
Origin: Medieval Latin tractiō, tractiōn-, from Latin tractus, past participle of trahere, to pull, draw.
- tracˈtion·al adjective
traction - Medical Definition
- The act of drawing or pulling.
- A pulling force.
- A sustained pull applied mechanically, especially to the arm, leg, or neck, to correct fractured or dislocated bones, to overcome muscle spasms, or to relieve pressure.
traction - Science Definition
- Static friction, as of a wheel on a track or a tire on a road. See more at friction.
- A sustained pulling force applied mechanically to a part of the body by means of a weighted apparatus in order to correct the position of fractured or dislocated bones, especially of the arm, leg, or neck.