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The next step forward was to substitute for horses a traction engine.

Its blocks and traction ropes are arranged as described above.

Hence three traction ropes are fastened at the top of the machine.

The power of a traction sprayer is developed from the wheels.

Its towing power in the water, and that of traction on dry land, is astonishing.

That year the threshing was done in the fields with a traction engine.

The hair will readily come out with but little, if any, traction.

Horses, ponies and mules were employed for traction purposes.

A traction engine is also employed in hauling the product of the mines.

There are three traction hooks from Pompeii in the Naples Museum.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "a drawing or pulling" (originally the pulling of a dislocated limb to reposition it), from Medieval Latin tractionem (nominative tractio) "a drawing" (mid-13c.), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin trahere "to pull, draw" (see tract (n.1)). Sense of "rolling friction of a vehicle" first appears 1825.

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