:the adhesive friction of a body on a surface on which it moves
- the traction of a wheel on a rail
:a pulling force exerted on a skeletal structure (as in a fracture) by means of a special device ;
:a state of tension created by such a pulling force
:the act of drawing :the state of being drawn;
:the force exerted in drawing
:the support or interest that is needed for something to make progress or succeed
- a product that is starting to gain traction among consumers
- … the litmus test issues of abortion and gay marriage have been losing traction, subordinated to the Iraq war and terrorism.
- —Thomas B. Edsall
- As many economists have noted, cutting spending is the worst thing people with means can do for the economy right now. But that argument seems to have little traction, especially because even those with steady paychecks and no fear of losing their job have seen their net worth decline and their retirement savings evaporate.
- —Shaila Dewan
:the drawing of a vehicle by motive power;
:the motive power employed