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. 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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