- the adhesive friction of a body on some surface, as a wheel on a rail or a tire on a road.
- the action of drawing a body, vehicle, train, or the like, along a surface, as a road, track, railroad, or waterway.
- Medicine/Medical. the deliberate and prolonged pulling of a muscle, organ, or the like, as by weights, to correct dislocation, relieve pressure, etc.
- transportation by means of railroads.
- the act of drawing or pulling.
- the state of being drawn.
- attracting power or influence; attraction.
- the act of drawing or pulling, esp by motive power
- the state of being drawn or pulled
- med the application of a steady pull on a part during healing of a fractured or dislocated bone, using a system of weights and pulleys or splints
- the adhesive friction between a wheel and a surface, as between a driving wheel of a motor vehicle and the road
early 15c., “a drawing or pulling” (originally the pulling of a dislocated limb to reposition it), from Medieval Latin tractionem (nominative tractio) “a drawing” (mid-13c.), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin trahere “to pull, draw” (see tract (n.1)). Sense of “rolling friction of a vehicle” first appears 1825.
- The act of drawing or pulling.
- A pulling force.
- A sustained pull applied mechanically, especially to the arm, leg, or neck, to correct fractured or dislocated bones, to overcome muscle spasms, or to relieve pressure.
- Static friction, as of a wheel on a track or a tire on a road. See more at friction.
- A sustained pulling force applied mechanically to a part of the body by means of a weighted apparatus in order to correct the position of fractured or dislocated bones, especially of the arm, leg, or neck.