Traction Definition

trăkshən
noun
A pulling or drawing, esp. of a load, vehicle, etc. over a road, track, or other surface.
Webster's New World
The state of being pulled or drawn.
Webster's New World
The kind of power used for pulling or drawing.
Electric traction.
Webster's New World
Adhesive friction, as of a wheel on a track or a tire on a road.
American Heritage
A pulling, as of the muscles of the leg, arm, etc., in order to bring a fractured or dislocated bone into place.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
adhesive frictiongripstressresistancepowerfrictionadhesionpartial adherencepullhauldrawdragdraft
Antonyms:
slipperiness
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Other Word Forms of Traction

Noun

Singular:
traction
Plural:
tractions

Origin of Traction

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

    From Wiktionary

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

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

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