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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
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
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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