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.
The bill gained traction in the Senate and was passed by a large majority.
A candidate gaining traction among independent voters.
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).