Definitions

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

  • n. A semicircular instrument for measuring and constructing angles.
  • n. An adjustable pattern used by tailors.
  • n. Anatomy A muscle that extends a limb or other part.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who, or that which, protracts, or causes protraction.
  • n. A circular or semicircular tool for drawing or measuring angles.
  • n. An instrument formerly used in extracting foreign or offensive matter from a wound.
  • n. A muscle that extends an organ or part; opposed to retractor.
  • n. An adjustable pattern used by tailors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, protracts, or causes protraction.
  • n. A mathematical instrument for laying down and measuring angles on paper, used in drawing or in plotting. It is of various forms, semicircular, rectangular, or circular.
  • n. An instrument formerly used in extracting foreign or offensive matter from a wound.
  • n. A muscle which extends an organ or part; -- opposed to retractor.
  • n. An adjustable pattern used by tailors.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which protracts. As applied to persons, also protractor.
  • n. In anatomy, a muscle which protracts, or extends or draws a part forward: the opposite of retractor. See diagram under Echinoidea.
  • n. An adjustable pattern, agreeing in proportion with particular measurements, used by tailors in cutting out garments.

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

  • n. drafting instrument used to draw or measure angles

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Examples

  • That is, hold the protractor, which is "D" shaped, in the same orientation as the letter "D".

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  • -- As all angles are not obtainable by the square or bevel, a protractor is a most desirable addition to the stock of tools.

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  • A 14-year-old Naples High School student faces felony charges of aggravated battery for allegedly attacking another teen at the Coastland Center mall with an instrument described as a protractor or compass.

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  • Kelly allegedly pulled out the instrument, described as a protractor or compass, and tried to stab the victim.

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  • But Dr. Jonas enthralled me with a protractor and precalculus.

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  • “Turn your head as far as you can to the left,” he said as he pulled out a clear plastic protractor that would measure how much rotation I had in my neck.

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  • Dr. Jonas took out a number-two pencil, a ruler, and a protractor to draw lines on my x-rays.

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  • I also solved many a problem using this knowledge, I also confirmed it by measuring the angles with my protractor and I also proved it the Euclidian way.

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  • Very pliable and runs less risk to important objects, plus, paper clips are EVERYWHERE. my idea would look something like a goal post or an elongated metal strip that could be bent for clutch, then restored to their previous position with a few modifications (use a protractor for clean, straight lines if you're a nit-picker). wizzade

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  • It seems to be flourishing, if the crowd that showed up for the store's opening was any indication even discounting, say, 20% of them who'd heard the evening's sponsor wasn't a protractor manufacturer, or whatever architects use in the practice of their craft, but Absolut.

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