Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of protracting.
  • n. The state of being protracted.
  • n. Linguistics The irregular lengthening of a normally short syllable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition of being protracted
  • n. The act of protracting
  • n. The lengthening of a short syllable
  • n. An anterior movement on the horizontal plane; The forward movement of the tongue or of a limb
  • n. The act of making a plot on paper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A drawing out, or continuing; the act of delaying the termination of a thing; prolongation; continuance; delay.
  • n.
  • n. The act or process of making a plot on paper.
  • n. A plot on paper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of drawing out or prolonging; the act of delaying: as, the protraction of a debate.
  • n. In surveying: The act of plotting or laying down on paper the dimensions of a field, etc.
  • n. That which is protracted or plotted on paper.
  • n. The action of a protractor in sense .
  • n. In ancient prosody, the treatment as metrically long of a syllable usually measured as a short: opposed to correption.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of prolonging something
  • n. the consequence of being lengthened in duration

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Examples

  • By the quantity of provision which I had consumed I should guess that I had passed three weeks in this journey; and the continual protraction of hope, returning back upon the heart, often wrung bitter drops of despondency and grief from my eyes.

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  • I should guess that I had passed three weeks in this journey; and the continual protraction of hope, returning back upon the heart, often wrung bitter drops of despondency and grief from my eyes.

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  • However, any further protraction in the process raises the bar for a successful outcome.

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  • That today the United States accepts these limitations at risk to its interest means that its enemies benefit from advantages they might not otherwise enjoy, including the deliberate protraction of conflict as well as the expansion of the scope of war well beyond its immediate operational zones to regions that seem to have no direct involvement in the war.

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  • Those require a different kind of change and we have an appetite for neither its protraction nor its privations.

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  • “We are both convinced,” he wrote, “ … that the only way in which the indefinite protraction of this war can possibly be prevented … is by the secret expenditure of money at the city of Mexico.”

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  • Definitions of labor protraction, arrest challenged.

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  • Accidental obscurity or dawdling is one thing, sure, but deliberate protraction and orchestrated ambiguity can be choices, no less elegant when carried off with expertise.

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  • Benedict was following "the protraction of their kidnapping with concern," Lombardi said.

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  • Few can take as lightly as the younger Bush the putting to flight of four million refugees, the killing of hundreds of thousands of civilians, the degradation of the American army, and the protraction of enormous risks to our soldiers in a foreign occupation whose purpose was always obscure.

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