Protract

Definition of Protract

Pro`tract´
v. t.1.To draw out or lengthen in time or (rarely) in space; to continue; to prolong; as, to protract an argument; to protract a war.
[imp. & p. p. Protracted; p. pr. vb. n. Protracting.]
2.To put off to a distant time; to delay; to defer; as, to protract a decision or duty.
3.(Surv.) To draw to a scale; to lay down the lines and angles of, with scale and protractor; to plot.
4.(Zool.) To extend; to protrude; as, the cat can protract its claws; - opposed to retract.
n.1.Tedious continuance or delay.

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