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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 ​deepsnow, ​people should use ​snowtyres on ​theirvehicles 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 ​medicaltreatment that ​involves using ​specialequipment to ​pullgently an ​injuredpart of the ​body, ​especially an ​arm or ​leg, for a ​longperiod of ​time: After her back ​operationpoor Mira was in traction for six ​weeks.
  • traction noun [U] (ACCEPTANCE)

the ​fact of an ​idea, ​product, etc. ​becomingpopular or being ​accepted: In ​ourdigitalage, 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)

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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 ​airpressure in all four ​tires during ​winter for ​better traction on ​slick, ​icyroads.
  • traction noun [U] (PULLING)

the ​pulling of a ​heavyload over a ​surface, or the ​power used to do this
medical Traction is also a ​state in which an ​injuredpart of the ​body is ​gentlypulled with ​specialequipment: His ​brokenleg 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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