from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To draw out or lengthen in time; prolong: disputants who needlessly protracted the negotiations.
- transitive v. Mathematics To draw to scale by means of a scale and protractor; plot.
- transitive v. Anatomy To extend or protrude (a body part).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To draw out; to extend, especially in duration.
- v. To use a protractor.
- v. To draw or delineate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To draw out or lengthen in time or (rarely) in space; to continue; to prolong
- transitive v. To put off to a distant time; to delay; to defer.
- transitive v. To draw to a scale; to lay down the lines and angles of, with scale and protractor; to plot.
- transitive v. To extend; to protrude; ; -- opposed to
- n. Tedious continuance or delay.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To draw out or lengthen in time; prolong: now chiefly in the past participle.
- To lengthen out in space; extend in general.
- To delay; defer; put off to a distant time.
- In surveying, to draw to a scale; lay down, by means of a scale and protractor, the lines and angles of, as a piece of land; plot.
- In anatomy, to draw forward (a part or an organ); extend (a part) anteriorly; have the action or effect of a protractor upon.
- n. A lengthening out; delay; putting off.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer
Latin prōtrahere, prōtract- : prō-, forth; see pro-1 + trahere, to drag.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the past participle stem of Latin prōtrahō. (Wiktionary)