We went yesterday to the shore, and by protraction Rua point was distant thirty-three miles.
The problem can be worked out, either by calculation or by protraction.
It was a protraction only of what is worst in life; it was in no way a completion of what is best in it.
It soon became evident that human endurance would be insufficient to bear any protraction of the obsequies.
This was followed by a protraction of the act of breathing, a reddening of the face, efforts to throw off the clothes, etc.
It would only be a protraction of my misery—a few hours more of wretched existence—for certainly I must meet death by hunger.
The protraction of the war was beginning to try the endurance of the nation.
The old man evidently thought with his sister, that his bed had something to do with the protraction of his life.
An honourable member (Mr. Grosvenor) had attributed the protraction of this business to those who had introduced it.
This, my Lords, is the kind of damage which he has suffered by the want of witnesses, through the protraction of this trial.
mid-15c., "drawing or writing of numbers," from Middle French protraction (15c.) and directly from Late Latin protractionem (nominative protractio) "a drawing out or lengthening," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin protrahere "to draw forward, draw out, bring forth;" figuratively "bring to light, reveal, expose," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + trahere "to draw" (see tract (n.1)). Meaning "act of drawing out or prolonging" is from 1530s.
protraction pro·trac·tion (prō-trāk'shən, prə-)
Extension of teeth or other maxillary or mandibular structures into a position anterior to the normal position.