Definitions

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

  • n. The act of drawing or pulling, especially the drawing of a vehicle or load over a surface by motor power.
  • n. The condition of being drawn or pulled.
  • n. Pulling power, as of a draft animal or engine.
  • n. Adhesive friction, as of a wheel on a track or a tire on a road.
  • n. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the act of pulling something along a surface using motive power
  • n. the condition of being so pulled
  • n. Grip
  • n. the pulling power of an engine or animal
  • n. the adhesive friction of a wheel etc on a surface
  • n. a mechanically applied sustained pull, especially to a limb
  • n. the extent of adoption of a new product or service, typically measured in number of customers or level of revenue achieved
  • n. popular support

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of drawing, or the state of being drawn.
  • n. Specifically, the act of drawing a body along a plane by motive power, as the drawing of a carriage by men or horses, the towing of a boat by a tug.
  • n. Attraction; a drawing toward.
  • n. The adhesive friction of a wheel on a rail, a rope on a pulley, or the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In recent use, traffic by means of railroads; railroads, and especially streetrailroads, collectively; the interests and rights represented by such railroads.
  • n. The act of drawing, or the state of being drawn; specifically, in physiology, contraction, as of a muscle.
  • n. The act of drawing a body along a surface, as over water or on a railway.
  • n. Attraction; attractive power or influence.
  • n. The adhesive friction of a body or object, as of a wheel on a rail or a rope on a pulley.
  • n. An action the negative of pressure.
  • n. In physiology, the axis or direction of the tractive action of a muscle; the line in which a muscle contracts.

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

  • n. the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)
  • n. (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

Etymologies

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

Medieval Latin tractiō, tractiōn-, from Latin tractus, past participle of trahere, to pull, draw.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin tractus, perfect passive participle of verb trahere ("pull"), + noun of action suffix -io (genitive -ionis).

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  • A number of theories have been advanced in recent years by European writers, questioning the traditional account of its composition. Some have proposed that the Quran was actually assembled as long as two centuries after the time of Prophet Muhammad. This hypothetical argument has not gained much traction, because of a lack of supporting evidence.

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    How to Read the Quran –Carl W Ernst – Edinburgh University Press – 2012

    traction: popular support

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  • Also, approval or acceptance. To gain traction.

    "The new initiative is gaining traction in the Senate."

    May 14, 2009