protractor

noun pro·trac·tor \ -ˈtrak-tər \

Definition of protractor

1 a :one that protracts
b :a muscle that extends a part
2 :an instrument for laying down and measuring angles in drawing and plotting

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First Known Use of protractor

circa 1611


PROTRACTOR Defined for English Language Learners

protractor

noun

Definition of protractor for English Language Learners

  • : a device that has the form of a half circle and that is used for drawing and measuring angles


PROTRACTOR Defined for Kids

protractor

noun pro·trac·tor \ prō-ˈtrak-tər \

Definition of protractor for Students

:an instrument used for drawing and measuring angles

Medical Dictionary

protractor

noun pro·trac·tor \ -tər \

medical Definition of protractor

:a muscle that extends a part — compare retractor b


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