traction /ˈtrækʃən/ noun
1 a : the force that causes a moving thing to stick against the surface it is moving along
- These tires get good tractionon wet roads.
- A patch of ice caused the car to lose traction.
1 b : the power that is used to pull something
- steam traction
2 medical : a way of treating broken bones in which a device gently pulls the bones back into place
- She was in traction for three weeks after she broke her hip.
3 informal : the support, interest, etc., that is needed for something to succeed or make progress
- The bill failed to gain traction in the Senate.
- We didn’t get traction on this idea until the board took interest.