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Meaning of TRACTION

Pronunciation:  'trakshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (orthopedics) the act of pulling on a bone or limb (as in a fracture) to relieve pressure or align parts in a special way during healing; "his leg was in traction for several days"
  2. [n]  the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)

TRACTION is a 8 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: adhesive friction, grip
 See Also: friction, pull, pulling, rubbing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Trac"tion\, n. [L. trahere, tractum, to draw: cf. F.
1. The act of drawing, or the state of being drawn; as, the
   traction of a muscle.

2. Specifically, the act of drawing a body along a plane by
   motive power, as the drawing of a carriage by men or
   horses, the towing of a boat by a tug.

3. Attraction; a drawing toward. [R.]

4. The adhesive friction of a wheel on a rail, a rope on a
   pulley, or the like. --Knight.

{Angle of traction} (Mech.), the angle made with a given
   plane by the line of direction in which a tractive force

{Traction engine}, a locomotive for drawing vehicles on
   highways or in the fields.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Mechanical pulling on a body part, used in treating certain fractures and dislocations.