protraction

[proh-trak-shuh n, pruh-]

noun

the act of protracting; prolongation; extension.
something that is protracted.
a drawing or rendering to scale.

Nearby words

  1. protozoon,
  2. protozoophage,
  3. protract,
  4. protracted,
  5. protractile,
  6. protractor,
  7. protriptyline,
  8. protrude,
  9. protruded disk,
  10. protrusile

Origin of protraction

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

Related formsnon·pro·trac·tion, nouno·ver·pro·trac·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for protraction

protraction

noun

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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Word Origin and History for protraction

protraction

n.

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.

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Medicine definitions for protraction

protraction

[prō-trăkshən]

n.

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

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