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English noun: traction

1. traction (phenomenon) the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)

Synonymsadhesive friction, grip

Broader (hypernym)friction, rubbing

Domain categoryauto, automobile, car, machine, motorcar

2. traction (act) (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

SamplesHis leg was in traction for several days.

Broader (hypernym)pull, pulling

Domain categoryorthopaedics, orthopedics

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