Pro*tract"ed*ly, adv. Pro*tract"ed*ness, n.
(Pro*tract"er) n. A protractor.
(Pro*tract"ile) a. Capable of being protracted, or protruded; protrusile.
(Pro*trac"tion) n. [L. protractio.]
1. A drawing out, or continuing; the act of delaying the termination of a thing; prolongation; continuance; delay; as,
the protraction of a debate.
A protraction only of what is worst in life.Mallock.
2. (Surv.) (a) The act or process of making a plot on paper. (b) A plot on paper.
(Pro*tract"ive) a. Drawing out or lengthening in time; prolonging; continuing; delaying.
He suffered their protractive arts.Dryden.
1. One who, or that which, protracts, or causes protraction.
2. A mathematical instrument for laying down and measuring angles on paper, used in drawing or in
plotting. It is of various forms, semicircular, rectangular, or circular.
3. (Surg.) An instrument formerly used in extracting foreign or offensive matter from a wound.
4. (Anat.) A muscle which extends an organ or part; opposed to retractor.
5. An adjustable pattern used by tailors. Knight.
(Pro*trep"tic*al) a. [Gr. fr. to turn forward, to urge on.] Adapted to persuade; hortatory; persuasive.
[Obs.] Bp. Ward.
(Pro*trud"a*ble) a. That may be protruded; protrusile. Darwin.
(Pro*trude") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Protruded; p. pr. & vb. n. Protruding.] [L. protrudere, protrusum;
pro forward + trudere to thrust. See Threat.]
1. To thrust forward; to drive or force along. Locke.
2. To thrust out, as through a narrow orifice or from confinement; to cause to come forth.
When . . . Spring protrudes the bursting gems.Thomson.
(Pro*trude"), v. i. To shoot out or forth; to be thrust forward; to extend beyond a limit; to project.
The parts protrude beyond the skin.Bacon.
(Pro*tru"sile) a. Capable of being protruded or thrust out; protractile; protrusive.