Protracting
Protract 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. [1913 Webster]

2. To put off to a distant time; to delay; to defer; as, to protract a decision or duty. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. (Surv.) To draw to a scale; to lay down the lines and angles of, with scale and protractor; to plot. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) To extend; to protrude; as, the cat can protract its claws; -- opposed to {retract}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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