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
One New word that I predict will gain traction is “Palinize”.
Badger says: One New word that I predict will gain traction is “Palinize”.
President Rob Laybourn, who has worked hard to gain traction with the latter in the face of expensive travel requirements, looked forward to bringing the championships to his hometown.
Charlie Crist has struggled to gain traction since leaving the GOP to run as an independent.
Urquhart had hoped to gain traction in the Christine O'Donnell media frenzy.
Bottom line: I could tell no difference in traction between the two while wading.
The single point where you get any traction is the well worn and pathetic racism charges and that only gains traction on the progressive side of the aisle.
And it looks as if the wheel must maintain traction with the ground to force rotation.
Yesterday, Senate conservatives mostly repeated the same tired attacks that failed to gain traction earlier in the week, apparently thinking they could do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result.
Just today, Matthews stated that Democrats post-election could not gain traction on health care because people are against it.