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.