Pro*tract" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Protracted; p. pr. vb. n. Protracting.] [L. protractus, p. p. of protrahere to forth, protract; pro forward + trahere to draw. See Portrait, Portray.]

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.

2.

To put off to a distant time; to delay; to defer; as, to protract a decision or duty.

Shak.

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.

 

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Pro*tract", n. [L. protractus.]

Tedious continuance or delay.

[Obs.]

Spenser.

 

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