Origin of traction
Examples from the Web for traction
“We really got traction in the last week but we never lost sight of Bergdahl,” he said.Here are the Taliban Terrorists Obama Released to Free POW Bowe Bergdahl|Eli Lake, Josh Rogin|May 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But perhaps the main reason Bevin never found any traction is because McConnell was prepared and waiting for him.Mitch McConnell Sends Tea Party a Message: Don't Get in My Way|Sam Youngman|May 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Taken out of context, the Virginia bill appears attractive, which is why such bills can get traction so quickly.Creationism’s Latest Trojan Horse Edges Toward Virginia Schools|Karl W. Giberson|January 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I had moved to L.A. and gotten a little bit of traction there, and I think my manager parlayed that into an audition.Kate McKinnon Is the Future of ‘Saturday Night Live’|Kevin Fallon|November 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
What a critic feels has no traction at all—what matters is what the critic thinks in relation to what the writer intends.The Obligation to be Interesting: James Wolcott’s “Critical Mass”|William Giraldi|October 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The matter of traction power for these gun and armament trains near the front set a problem for the Ordnance Department to solve.America's Munitions 1917-1918|Benedict Crowell
In either case, the bending may be increased by the traction of muscles, and sometimes by the occurrence of greenstick fracture.
A serious inconvenience to the use of batteries in traction work is the necessary presence of the liquid in the jars.
He would tell this traction baron what manner of man he, Basine, was.Gargoyles|Ben Hecht
The Minneapolis traction engine is built both simple and compound.Farm Engines and How to Run Them|James H. Stephenson
British Dictionary definitions for traction
Word Origin for traction
Word Origin and History for traction
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.