traction

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

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traction (usually uncountable, plural tractions)

  1. The act of pulling something along a surface using motive power.
  2. The condition of being so pulled.
  3. Grip.
  4. The pulling power of an engine or animal.
  5. The adhesive friction of a wheel etc on a surface.
  6. (usually after forms of gain, get or have) Progress in or momentum toward achieving a goal.
    1. (business) The extent of adoption of a new product or service, typically measured in number of customers or level of revenue achieved.
    2. (politics) Popular support.
    3. (academia) Scholarly interest and research.
      • 2019, Li Huang; James Lambert, “Another Arrow for the Quiver: A New Methodology for Multilingual Researchers”, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, DOI:10.1080/01434632.2019.1596115, page 2:
        Despite this somewhat late start, the field of study has gained great traction globally, and since 2015 has even had its own journal: Linguistic Landscape: An International Journal.
  7. (medicine) A mechanically applied sustained pull, especially to a limb.
  8. (transport) Collectively, the locomotives of a railroad, especially electric locomotives.

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traction (third-person singular simple present tractions, present participle tractioning, simple past and past participle tractioned)

  1. (medicine, transitive) To apply a sustained pull to (a limb, etc.).

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Late Latin tractiō, from trahō.

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  • IPA(key): /tʁak.sjɔ̃/
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traction f (plural tractions)

  1. traction
  2. (gymnastics) pull-up

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