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traction

noun [U] uk   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 hip operation poor Mira was in/on 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.
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