• WordNet 3.6
    • v protract lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer "We prolonged our stay","She extended her visit by another day","The meeting was drawn out until midnight"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Protract Tedious continuance or delay.
    • Protract To draw out or lengthen in time or (rarely) in space; to continue; to prolong; as, to protract an argument; to protract a war.
    • Protract (Surv) To draw to a scale; to lay down the lines and angles of, with scale and protractor; to plot.
    • Protract (Zoöl) To extend; to protrude; as, the cat can protract its claws; -- opposed to retract.
    • Protract To put off to a distant time; to delay; to defer; as, to protract a decision or duty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • protract To draw out or lengthen in time; prolong: now chiefly in the past participle.
    • protract To lengthen out in space; extend in general.
    • protract To delay; defer; put off to a distant time.
    • protract In surveying, to draw to a scale; lay down, by means of a scale and protractor, the lines and angles of, as a piece of land; plot.
    • protract In anatomy, to draw forward (a part or an organ); extend (a part) anteriorly; have the action or effect of a protractor upon.
    • n protract A lengthening out; delay; putting off.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Protract prō-trakt′ to draw out or lengthen in time: to prolong: to put off in time: to draw to a scale
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  • Sri Swami Sivananda
    Sri Swami Sivananda
    “Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Our pleasures are short, and can only charm at intervals; love is a method of protraction our greatest pleasure.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. protractus, p. p. of protrahere, to forth, protract; pro, forward + trahere, to draw. See Portrait Portray
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—pro, forth, trahĕre, to draw.


In literature:

These narrow confines seem to me to be fitting boundaries of my long-protracted hopes.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
My court had a protracted session.
"Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field" by Thomas W. Knox
Our protracted stay enabled us to get a tolerable series of tidal observations, which present some singular results.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 2" by John Lort Stokes
But their numbers were formidable, and the city, should the army be rallied, was capable of a protracted defence.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
Patching begged him to observe the unfaltering harmony of the sand, and the protracted spirituality of the sky.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
A protracted meeting was held soon after and thirty persons were converted.
"Thirty Years in the Itinerancy" by Wesson Gage Miller
Our stay in Sydney was protracted to a period of nearly three months.
"Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1." by John MacGillivray
On the contrary, it would encourage Mexico to persevere and tend to protract it indefinitely.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Polk" by Compiled by James D. Richardson
There is, in general, little to be gained by protracting such controversies.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXII." by Various
Nor was the process of the highest delinquent long protracted.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 17, No. 482, March 26, 1831" by Various
The result of this protracted litigation was never known to Mr. Blandy.
"Trial of Mary Blandy"
Suddenly they found themselves plunged into a bitter and protracted conflict with the most powerful of civilized nations.
"George Washington, Vol. I" by Henry Cabot Lodge
After a protracted interval Mrs. Prockter reappeared.
"Helen with the High Hand (2nd ed.)" by Arnold Bennett
The protracted proceedings of our criminal courts are productive of one serious evil, which we have never seen noticed.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 358" by Various
And this goes on day after day with a protracted strain upon the limbs, the senses and the brain, until real injury sometimes ensues.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 15, No. 90, June, 1875" by Various
This protracted meeting resulted in a great ingathering.
"Personal Recollections of Pardee Butler" by Pardee Butler
Fighting, though fierce and protracted, does not alone constitute war.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Ulysses S. Grant" by James D. Richardson
This day I halted as well to rest the horses as for the purpose of observing equal altitudes of the sun and protracting my survey.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
He succeeded in interesting his little pupil, and did not protract his term of study so as to weary him.
"Making His Way" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
When daylight appeared one of the soldiers was dead, the other was lingering on in protracted agony.
"The Downfall" by Emile Zola

In poetry:

Time who, when pleasure plumes his wing,
So swiftly speeds away;
Now seems to hover o'er the scene,
And to protract his stay.
"To Disappointment" by Elizabeth Bath
The gentle tones were drowned by shrill
And long-protracted cries;
The father on his darling gazed,
The child looked on the skies.
"The Child's Appeal" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
You'll love me yet!—and I can tarry
Your love's protracted growing:
June reared that bunch of flowers you carry
From seeds of April's sowing.
"You'll Love Me Yet" by Robert Browning
You'll love me yet!—and I can tarry
Your love's protracted growing:
June reared that bunch of flowers you carry,
From seeds of April's sowing.
"Pippa Passes: Part III: Evening" by Robert Browning
It shall tell—to thy sex's proud honour,
Of sufferings and trials severe,
While still, through protracted affliction,
Not a murmur escaped; but the tear
"Constancy, To----" by Thomas Gent
"And, it had been indeed a crime
To leave him, had I known the time,
The fearful length of such delay,
Protracting but from day to day,
Which reach'd at length two tedious years
Of dark surmises and of fears!
"The Lay Of Marie - Canto Fourth" by Matilda Betham

In news:

Clinton and Obama enter protracted campaign that may not end for weeks.
After Protracted Talks, a Disneyland Will Rise in Hong Kong.
Nonprofits face long road back in wake of protracted weak economy.
Here's an unexpected consequence of a protracted labor battle between the NFL and its players: It could doom the Minnesota Vikings' chances of new stadium approval in 2011.
The FAA granted type certification last Friday for the Sikorsky S-76D medium-twin helicopter, a protracted program that was launched in 2006.
But if you want to follow an even more protracted sports battle, none is better than the one that started four decades ago in the halls of Congress.
And it makes it harder for military strategists to learn the lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan, two of the nation's most protracted wars.
Partners' $71.5 Million Settlement Was Unusual in Avoiding Protracted Battles.
Some Investors Say the ECB's Bond-Buying Plan Provided Temporary Relief From a Protracted Slide.
And she literally walked the walk in a protracted struggle to help American women obtain equal rights.
The US recovery is slow and protracted, but some metropolitan areas have a booming jobs market.
It comes from Tim Pawlenty, the Republican governor who has tacitly supported Coleman throughout his protracted recount battle with Al Franken.
A sushi restaurant in Waynesville lost a protracted legal battle last month after accusing a neighboring nail salon of driving away its diners.
After the protracted race for Charlie Rangel's seat in Congress, Democrat Adriano Espaillat announced his intention Wednesday to seek reelection to the New York State Senate.
And yet, one could argue that GRO-Warren was the victim of a protracted stillbirth.

In science:

The prePolar now enters a possibly protracted era of period evolution governed solely by gravitational radiation and accreting by a magnetic siphon effect on the stellar wind.
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables
However, none of these approaches is guaranteed to avoid protracted search times if an exact answer is required, because bag generation is NPcomplete (Brew, 1992).
An Efficient Generation Algorithm for Lexicalist MT
After a protracted illness, Boris’s mother died around 1944.
Classical Chaos and its Quantum Manifestations
Even in relatively wide configurations, the cumulative chance for collisions between at least two of the stars during this protracted dance can be considerable.
The Starlab Environment for Dense Stellar Systems
Recent applications can even cope with the protracted time scales associated with the spontaneous self-assembly of lipids into a bilayer [ 115], or the formation of small vesicles [ 116].
Biological and synthetic membranes: What can be learned from a coarse-grained description?
The implications of these functional unification measures for polarimetry are rather severe and have since been the sub ject of protracted debate between the diagnostics groups and the BDS management.
Executive Summary of the Workshop on Polarisation and Beam Energy Measurements at the ILC
These small dust particles may be transported very far away from the disk by radiation pressure and form a highly protracted structure.
Spectropolarimetry of the superwind filaments of the starburst galaxy M82: kinematics of dust outflow
These proposals using entanglement catalysts have an attracting prospect relying on this fact: entanglement catalysts will not be depleted during quantum information processes, i.e. a protracted characteristic entanglement between quantum users may be employed repeatedly.
Basic limitations for entanglement catalysis
Since we do not wish to prolong this already protracted introduction, we refer the reader to the counterexample immediately following Theorem 2 in the Ransford-White paper (or to the end of Section 3 of this paper).
Sharp Schwarz-type lemmas for the spectral unit ball
Following a protracted search, Powell, Lawson and Baker [Powell et al, 2007] managed to find five organisations which were willing to contribute operational spreadsheets for detailed examination. The objective of their study was to determine the financial impact of spreadsheet errors in organisations.
In Pursuit of Spreadsheet Excellence
That gathering marked the first opportunity for the Design Study participants to meet and interact for a protracted period, and it was the first meeting where the design had been captured completely in GEANT4, and made available for detailed study.
SiD Letter of Intent