from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To draw out or lengthen in time; prolong: disputants who needlessly protracted the negotiations.
- transitive v. Mathematics To draw to scale by means of a scale and protractor; plot.
- transitive v. Anatomy To extend or protrude (a body part).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To draw out; to extend, especially in duration.
- v. To use a protractor.
- v. To draw or delineate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Tedious continuance or delay.
- transitive v. To draw out or lengthen in time or (rarely) in space; to continue; to prolong
- transitive v. To put off to a distant time; to delay; to defer.
- transitive v. To draw to a scale; to lay down the lines and angles of, with scale and protractor; to plot.
- transitive v. To extend; to protrude; ; -- opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To draw out or lengthen in time; prolong: now chiefly in the past participle.
- To lengthen out in space; extend in general.
- To delay; defer; put off to a distant time.
- In surveying, to draw to a scale; lay down, by means of a scale and protractor, the lines and angles of, as a piece of land; plot.
- In anatomy, to draw forward (a part or an organ); extend (a part) anteriorly; have the action or effect of a protractor upon.
- n. A lengthening out; delay; putting off.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer
With support from Pakistan, the Taliban has managed to protract the fighting and create a strategic deadlock.
Both often call for travel and protract beyond a day or two.
More to the point, why do YOU want to protract a not particularly pleasant experience?
Judging from the tragic footage that has come out of Tahrir Square and Alexandria, and the horror stories leaking out of jail cells, Mr. Mubarak may, in fact, protract his rule for weeks or even months.
As a result, there is a strong incentive for the less ethically minded lawyer to protract a legal battle by encouraging this tactic.
And withdrawing to a designated line would simply embolden the Mexicans to fight on and hence protract the war indefinitely.
A more effectual means could not have been devised to encourage the enemy and protract the war than to advocate and adhere to their cause, and thus give them “aid and comfort.”
"For a whole year, Turkey has done everything to protract time and fail the process," said Mr. Sargsyan.
Should combat break out in the region, criminal groups, narcotic funded insurgents, and those seeking to profit from a decline in the rule of law will profit -- and those profits may radically protract any conflict.
Such a delay, though, could severely strain Iraq's fragile institutions, since it would not only protract the current state of governmental paralysis but might also lead the army and police to question the constitutional authority of their leadership.