pro·​trac·​tion prō-ˈtrak-shən How to pronounce protraction (audio)
: the act of protracting : the state of being protracted
: the drawing to scale of an area of land

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But all of these things are additional protraction of the litigation. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2022 Moreover, time continues to be of the essence as the protraction of the negotiations complicate the talks. Mostafa Salem, CNN, 10 Aug. 2022 The sculpture had become, after all these years, about the protraction of the human foot and the celestial head. New York Times, 26 Jan. 2022 The White House is preparing for President Trump’s impeachment trial to drag into next week amid fears that Senate rules and Democratic protractions will delay his acquittal. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, 31 Jan. 2020

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Word History


Late Latin protraction-, protractio act of drawing out, from protrahere

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of protraction was in 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Protraction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Medical Definition


pro·​trac·​tion -ˈtrak-shən How to pronounce protraction (audio)
: the act of moving an anatomical part forward
: the state of being protracted
especially : protrusion of the jaws

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