traction

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n traction (orthopedics) the act of pulling on a bone or limb (as in a fracture) to relieve pressure or align parts in a special way during healing "his leg was in traction for several days"
    • n traction the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fingerprints serve a function they provide traction for the fingers to grasp things.
    • Traction Attraction; a drawing toward.
    • Traction Specifically, the act of drawing a body along a plane by motive power, as the drawing of a carriage by men or horses, the towing of a boat by a tug.
    • Traction The act of drawing, or the state of being drawn; as, the traction of a muscle.
    • Traction The adhesive friction of a wheel on a rail, a rope on a pulley, or the like; as, the car is stuck in the snow because it can;t get any traction .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n traction In recent use, traffic by means of railroads; railroads, and especially streetrailroads, collectively; the interests and rights represented by such railroads.
    • n traction The act of drawing, or the state of being drawn; specifically, in physiology, contraction, as of a muscle.
    • n traction The act of drawing a body along a surface, as over water or on a railway. The power exerted in order to produce the effect is called the force of traction. The line in which the force of traction acts is called the line of traction, and the angle which this line makes with the plane along which a body is drawn by the force of traction is called the angle of traction.
    • n traction Attraction; attractive power or influence.
    • n traction The adhesive friction of a body or object, as of a wheel on a rail or a rope on a pulley.
    • n traction An action the negative of pressure.
    • n traction In physiology, the axis or direction of the tractive action of a muscle; the line in which a muscle contracts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Traction act of drawing or state of being drawn
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. trahere, tractum, to draw: cf. F. traction,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tractus, pa.p. of trahĕre, to draw.

Usage

In literature:

A "traction deal" in a Western city is the pivot about which the action of this clever story revolves.
"Princess Zara" by Ross Beeckman
Motor traction, effect on Warfare, 12, 201, 202, 205, 232, 242.
"1914" by John French, Viscount of Ypres
Its towing power in the water, and that of traction on dry land, is astonishing.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
He call it 'traction, an' all de great men call it so; but dat ain't de name!
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863" by Various
Traction-engines pretend to despise horses, but they carry the image of the White Horse on their hearts.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit
Each gun was transported in several parts, hauled by traction engines and forty horses.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
The traction-engine is to call for me in a month.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 93, September 3, 1887" by Various
For instence when I plow with a traction engine or tresh I also lead bands and Orchestra's.
"The So-called Human Race" by Bert Leston Taylor
But it is found in practice that for heavy freight this endless cable traction does not suit over distances of more than about two miles.
"Twentieth Century Inventions" by George Sutherland
The mode of traction is by two steel ropes put in motion by a steam engine at the foot of the cone.
"Railway Adventures and Anecdotes extending over more than fifty years" by Various
Wanted to put in electric traction for the mines, with electric elevators and tips, and so on.
"Captain Macedoine's Daughter" by William McFee
It is all very harmless, except the traction-engine, but it is not animated, or enlivening.
"A House-Party" by Ouida
He spent some time in San Francisco, where he was in the employ of one of the leading traction companies.
"The Utah Batteries: A History" by Charles R. Mabey
The two being obtained, gentle force or traction may be through them applied while the throes are on.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
It is thus used of traction generally, whether by men, animals or machines.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
From the New Jersey Consolidated Traction Company, as sure as I live.
"Harper's Round Table, May 7, 1895" by Various
Horse traction is very slow.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
The widow of the traction magnate?
"Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager" by Burt L. Standish
The entire history of the New York traction companies is studded with similar occurrences.
"Contemporary American History, 1877-1913" by Charles A. Beard
And of course, as far as that went, he and the city traction system had the issue in their hands.
"Angela's Business" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
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In poetry:

The wreck of spheres by traction's laws
Hurled wildly into space,
May gather atoms round itself
And find some resting place
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
Happiness
Is a clean bill of health from the doctor,
And the kids shouldn't move back home for
more than a year,
And not being audited, overdrawn, in Wilkes-Barre,
in a lawsuit or in traction.
"Happiness (Reconsidered)" by Judith Viorst

In news:

NEW YORK (AP) — Lowe's Cos.' said Monday that its third-quarter net income surged 76 percent, helped by lower costs and higher revenue, as the company's efforts to revamp its merchandise and prices appeared to be gaining traction.
Connecticut's GOP Struggles For Traction.
Just as MyPlate begins to get traction, a controversy begins.
McCombs' Formula One dream gains traction.
FSU's suggestion of adjusting ACC divisions unlikely to gain traction.
As polished concrete flooring continues to gain traction among retailers, treatment, topping and technology options are increasing as well.
Microsoft SQL Server might finally be gaining traction as an enterprise-class database platform, according to Dataquest, a division of Gartner.
Tilera officials hope the high-core count in its processors will help give the company traction in a space dominated by Intel and AMD, which currently are looking at eight-core processors .
EAP and work/life resources gain importance and traction in corporations, HRI study says.
So, next fall, Fox will have a lot less baseball, giving its programmers what they hope is more time to get traction for their fall schedule.
The US economy struggled to gain traction.
While I appreciated the Range 's crisp pedaling manners, some of that efficiency comes at the expense of small-bump compliance and traction.
Small-batch manufacturing is gaining traction among consumers in search of authenticity and character.
With anti-lock brakes, traction control and such, we are focused on developing tires that work with these technologies.
The shaft also provides traction and power necessary to move the metal through the tube mill.
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In science:

It has gained considerable traction due to its precise privacy guarantees.
Differentially Private Publication of Sparse Data
The Korn inequalities are a fundamental step in proving existence of solutions to the linearized displacement-traction equations in elasticity.
Rough solutions of the Einstein constraint equations with nonconstant mean curvature
For instance, if traction is applied on the boundary, a natural question is how is the traction to be split between the solid and the fluid.
Diffusion of a fluid through a viscoelastic solid
Vector ti := σij nj is known as the traction or stress vector.
Variable Order Mixed H-Finite Element Method for Linear Elasticity with Weakly Imposed Symmetry. Ii. Affine and Curvilinear Elements in 2D
The traction conditions are satisfied in the sense of traces for functions from H (div, Ω) (they live in H −1/2 (Γ)).
Variable Order Mixed H-Finite Element Method for Linear Elasticity with Weakly Imposed Symmetry. Ii. Affine and Curvilinear Elements in 2D
We considered “optimal” ex traction (Naylor et al. 1998) as a possible alternative to classical aperture photometry, but the high spatial variability of the PSF prevented us from such a choice.
TASTE: The Asiago Search for Transit timing variations of Exoplanets. I. Overview and improved parameters for HAT-P-3b and HAT-P-14b
We would also like to mention that explicit formulas for constructing the Dirichlet data (u, u,n ) of the thin plate from the traction data σn of 2D elasticity were given in [3, p.158].
Equivalence of inverse problems for 2D elasticity and for the thin plate with finite measurements and its applications
Using the result in the previous section, we can determine the displacement v and the traction σn on ∂Ω from {u, u,n , Mn , Mt }.
Equivalence of inverse problems for 2D elasticity and for the thin plate with finite measurements and its applications
The recovery technique requires the analytical expressions of the body loads and boundary tractions which must be evaluated also for the dual problem in order to consider equilibrium conditions.
Locally equilibrated superconvergent patch recovery for efficient error estimation in quantities of interest
Section 4 deals with the definitions of the dual problem and describes the expressions of body loads and boundary tractions required for the stress recovery of the dual problem for different linear QoI.
Locally equilibrated superconvergent patch recovery for efficient error estimation in quantities of interest
Note that the term cuα /|Γi | can be interpreted as a vector of tractions applied along the boundary in the problem defined in (6).
Locally equilibrated superconvergent patch recovery for efficient error estimation in quantities of interest
Thus, td = cuα /|Γi | is a vector of tractions applied on Γi and that can be used in the dual problem to extract the mean displacements along Γi .
Locally equilibrated superconvergent patch recovery for efficient error estimation in quantities of interest
Note that the term (cid:0)CT tractions along the boundary of Ωi .
Locally equilibrated superconvergent patch recovery for efficient error estimation in quantities of interest
Note that in this case, the dual problem corresponds to a traction t = RT c/|Γo | that represents a constant traction normal to the external boundary.
Locally equilibrated superconvergent patch recovery for efficient error estimation in quantities of interest
Consider as quantity of interest the mean normal traction along the inner boundary of the cylinder in Figure 2.
Locally equilibrated superconvergent patch recovery for efficient error estimation in quantities of interest
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