Definition of traction noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtrækʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrækʃn//
    [uncountable] Medical equipment, Injuries
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  1. 1the action of pulling something along a surface; the power that is used for doing this
  2. 2a way of treating a broken bone in your body that involves using special equipment to pull the bone gradually back into its correct place He spent six weeks in traction after he broke his leg. See related entries: Medical equipment, Injuries
  3. 3the force that stops something, for example the wheels of a vehicle, from sliding on the ground
  4. 4the extent to which an idea, a product, etc. becomes popular or gains support The president's message is gaining traction among undecided voters.
  5. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting contraction, such as that of a muscle): from French, or from medieval Latin tractio(n-), from Latin trahere ‘draw, pull’. Current senses date from the early 19th cent.
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