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“… to apply a little extra traction right …”

meanings of traction


  1. (usually after forms of gain, get or have) Progress in or momentum toward achieving a goal.
  2. Scholarly interest and research.
  3. Popular support.
  4. Grip.
  5. The pulling power of an engine or animal.
  6. The adhesive friction of a wheel etc on a surface.
  7. A mechanically applied sustained pull, especially to a limb.
  8. Collectively, the locomotives of a railroad, especially electric locomotives.
  9. The extent of adoption of a new product or service, typically measured in number of customers or level of revenue achieved.
  10. The act of pulling something along a surface using motive power.
  11. The condition of being so pulled.


  1. To apply a sustained pull to (a limb, etc.).