[ proh-trak-shuhn, pruh- ]
/ proʊˈtræk ʃən, prə- /
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the act of protracting; prolongation; extension.
something that is protracted.
a drawing or rendering to scale.



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Origin of protraction

1525–35; <Late Latin prōtractiōn- (stem of prōtractiō) prolongation. See protract, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM protraction

non·pro·trac·tion, nouno·ver·pro·trac·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for protraction

/ (prəˈtrækʃən) /


the act or process of protracting
the state or condition of being protracted
a prolongation or protrusion
an extension of something in time or space
something that is extended in time or space
the irregular lengthening of a syllable that is usually short
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Medical definitions for protraction

[ prō-trăkshən ]


Extension of teeth or other maxillary or mandibular structures into a position anterior to the normal position.
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