Origin of protraction
Examples from the Web for protraction
The protraction of the war was beginning to try the endurance of the nation.Lord Milner's Work in South Africa
W. Basil Worsfold
The problem can be worked out, either by calculation or by protraction.The Art of Travel
It was a protraction only of what is worst in life; it was in no way a completion of what is best in it.Is Life Worth Living?
William Hurrell Mallock
It soon became evident that human endurance would be insufficient to bear any protraction of the obsequies.Burning of the Brooklyn Theatre
It would only be a protraction of my misery—a few hours more of wretched existence—for certainly I must meet death by hunger.The Boy Tar
- 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
Word Origin and History for protraction
mid-15c., "drawing or writing of numbers," from Middle French protraction (15c.) and directly from Late Latin protractionem (nominative protractio) "a drawing out or lengthening," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin protrahere "to draw forward, draw out, bring forth;" figuratively "bring to light, reveal, expose," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + trahere "to draw" (see tract (n.1)). Meaning "act of drawing out or prolonging" is from 1530s.
- Extension of teeth or other maxillary or mandibular structures into a position anterior to the normal position.