Simple Definition of traction
: the force that causes a moving thing to stick against the surface it is moving along
: the power that is used to pull something
medical : a way of treating broken bones in which a device gently pulls the bones back into place
Full Definition of traction
1 : the act of drawing : the state of being drawn; also : the force exerted in drawing
2 : the drawing of a vehicle by motive power; also : the motive power employed
3a : the adhesive friction of a body on a surface on which it moves <the traction of a wheel on a rail>b : a pulling force exerted on a skeletal structure (as in a fracture) by means of a special device <a traction splint>; also : a state of tension created by such a pulling force <a leg in traction>
Examples of traction
These tires get good traction on wet roads.
A patch of ice caused the car to lose traction.
She was in traction for three weeks after she broke her hip.
The bill failed to gain traction in the Senate.
We didn't get traction on this idea until the board took interest.
Origin of traction
Medieval Latin traction-, tractio, from Latin trahere
First Known Use: 1608
Medical Definition of traction
1: the pulling of or tension established in one body part by another
2: a pulling force exerted on a skeletal structure (as in a fracture) by means of a special device or apparatus <a traction splint>; also : a state of tension created by such a pulling force <a leg in traction>
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