Traction meaning

trăkshən
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.

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(informal) Impetus or advancement, as toward a desired result.

The bill gained traction in the Senate and was passed by a large majority.

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Adhesive friction, as of a wheel on a track or a tire on a road.
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Static friction, as of a wheel on a track or a tire on a road.
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The pulling power of an engine or animal.
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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.
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Pulling power, as of a draft animal or engine.
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(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.
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The power, as of tires on pavement, to grip or hold to a surface while moving, without slipping.
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Footing, headway, momentum, etc.

A candidate gaining traction among independent voters.

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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.
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The act of pulling something along a surface using motive power.
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The condition of being so pulled.
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The adhesive friction of a wheel etc on a surface.
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(medicine) A mechanically applied sustained pull, especially to a limb.
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(business) The extent of adoption of a new product or service, typically measured in number of customers or level of revenue achieved.
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(politics) Popular support.
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Origin of traction

  • Medieval Latin tractiō tractiōn- from Latin tractus past participle of trahere to pull, draw

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin tractus, perfect passive participle of verb trahere (“pull"), + noun of action suffix -io (genitive -ionis).

    From Wiktionary