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"traction" in British English

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tractionnoun [U]

uk   /ˈtræk.ʃən/ us   /ˈtræk.ʃən/
  • traction noun [U] (WHEEL/TYRE)

the ability of a wheel or tyre to hold the ground without sliding: In deep snow, people should use snow tyres on their vehicles to give them better traction.
  • traction noun [U] (PULLING)

specialized engineering the pulling of a heavy load over a surface, or the power used in this: steam traction
specialized medical a form of medical treatment that involves using special equipment to pull gently an injured part of the body, especially an arm or leg, for a long period of time: After her back operation poor Mira was in traction for six weeks.
  • traction noun [U] (ACCEPTANCE)

the fact of an idea, product, etc. becoming popular or being accepted: In our digital age, it takes less time for new words and phrases to gain traction than it did in the past.
(Definition of traction from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"traction" in American English

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tractionnoun [U]

us   /ˈtræk·ʃən/
  • 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.
(Definition of traction from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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