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Definition of traction noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the force that stops something, for example the wheels of a vehicle, from sliding on the ground The car couldn't get traction on the icy road.
  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.
  3. 3the action of pulling something along a surface; the power that is used for doing this
  4. 4the support that is needed in order for a plan, idea, etc. to succeed The needed traction to get the bill passed just wasn't there.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: traction

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