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traction

noun [U]  /ˈtræk·ʃən/ us  

traction noun [U] (HOLDING)

the ability of a wheel or tire to hold the ground without sliding: I reduce the air pressure in all four tires during winter for better traction on slick, icy roads.

traction noun [U] (PULLING)

the pulling of a heavy load over a surface, or the power used to do this medical Traction is also a state in which an injured part of the body is gently pulled with special equipment: His broken leg was put in a cast and was in traction.
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