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a. The act of drawing or pulling, especially the drawing of a vehicle or load over a surface by motor power.
b. The condition of being drawn or pulled.
2. Pulling power, as of a draft animal or engine.
3. Adhesive friction, as of a wheel on a track or a tire on a road.
4. Medicine A sustained pull applied mechanically especially to the arm, leg, or neck so as to correct fractured or dislocated bones, overcome muscle spasms, or relieve pressure.
5. Informal Impetus or advancement, as toward a desired result: The bill gained traction in the Senate and was passed by a large majority.
[Medieval Latin tractiō, tractiōn-, from Latin tractus, past participle of trahere, to pull, draw.]
1. the act of drawing or pulling, esp by motive power
2. the state of being drawn or pulled
3. (Medicine) med the application of a steady pull on a part during healing of a fractured or dislocated bone, using a system of weights and pulleys or splints
4. (Mechanical Engineering) the adhesive friction between a wheel and a surface, as between a driving wheel of a motor vehicle and the road
[C17: from Medieval Latin tractiō, from Latin tractus dragged; see tractile]
1. the adhesive friction of a body on some surface, as a wheel on a rail or a tire on a road.
2. the action of drawing a body, vehicle, train, or the like, along a surface.
3. the deliberate and prolonged pulling of a muscle, organ, or the like, as by weights, to correct dislocation, relieve pressure, etc.
4. the act of drawing or pulling.
5. the state of being drawn.
[1605–15; < Medieval Latin tractiō dragging, hauling < Latin trac-, variant s. of trahere to pull, draw]
traction, tractor - Traction and tractor trace back to Latin tractus, "drawing, pulling," and trahere, "draw, pull."
See also related terms for pulling.
The treatment of broken bones by first pulling them apart and then restricting them in order to maintain proper alignment.
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|Noun||1.||traction - the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)|
auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work"
|2.||traction - (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"|
pull, pulling - the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you; "the pull up the hill had him breathing harder"; "his strenuous pulling strained his back"
traction[ˈtrækʃ/ən] n → trazione f
1. acto de tirar o halar;
2. fuerza que tira con tensión;
cervical ___ → ___ cervical;
lumbar ___ → ___ lumbar.