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1. to lengthen or extend (a speech, etc); prolong in time
2. (Physiology) (of a muscle) to draw, thrust, or extend (a part, etc) forwards
3. (Surveying) to plot or draw using a protractor and scale
[C16: from Latin prōtrahere to prolong, from pro-1 + trahere to drag]proˈtractive adj
pro•tract (proʊˈtrækt, prə-)
1. to draw out or lengthen, esp. in time; prolong.
2. Anat. to extend or protrude.
3. (in surveying, mathematics, etc.) to plot and draw (lines) with a scale and a protractor.
[1540–50; < Latin prōtractus, past participle of prōtrahere to draw forth, prolong]
syn: See lengthen.
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One of the Roman poets, I remember, likens our leaving life to our departure from a feast;--a thought which hath often occurred to me when I have seen men struggling to protract an entertainment, and to enjoy the company of their friends a few moments longer.
only one day in seventy, one loves to protract the pleasure.
What, even, if he got away from the camp in safety before any returned with the true story of his guilt--of what value would this advantage be other than to protract for a few days his mental torture and his life?
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