AskDefine | Define protract

Dictionary Definition

protract v : lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer; "We prolonged our stay"; "She extended her visit by another day"; "The meeting was drawn out until midnight" [syn: prolong, extend, draw out]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To draw out; to extend, especially in duration.
    No one wanted Nicolette at the discussion, as she would protract the debate long beyond any reasonable limit with her tedious and tangential arguments.
  2. To use a protractor.


Extensive Definition

Protraction is the anatomical term of motion for anterior movement of the arms at the shoulders.
It is the opposite of retraction.
The major muscles involved include:


External links

protract in Dutch: Protractie

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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