Associations to the word «Traction»


TRACTION, noun. The act of pulling something along a surface using motive power.
TRACTION, noun. The condition of being so pulled.
TRACTION, noun. Grip.
TRACTION, noun. The pulling power of an engine or animal.
TRACTION, noun. The adhesive friction of a wheel etc on a surface.
TRACTION, noun. (medicine) A mechanically applied sustained pull, especially to a limb.
TRACTION, noun. (transport) Collectively, the locomotives of a railroad, especially electric locomotives.
TRACTION, noun. (usually after forms of get or have) Progress in or momentum toward achieving a goal.
TRACTION, noun. (business) The extent of adoption of a new product or service, typically measured in number of customers or level of revenue achieved.
TRACTION, noun. (politics) Popular support.
TRACTION, verb. (medicine) (transitive) To apply a sustained pull to (a limb, etc.).
TRACTION ALOPECIA, noun. (medicine) A condition where hair loss is caused by chronic pulling of the hair.
TRACTION ALOPECIAS, noun. Plural of traction alopecia
TRACTION ENGINE, noun. A wheeled steam engine used to move heavy loads, plough ground or to provide power at a chosen location.
TRACTION ENGINES, noun. Plural of traction engine

Dictionary definition

TRACTION, noun. The friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road).
TRACTION, noun. (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".

Wise words

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.