Pro·tract v. t. [imp. & p. p. Protracted; p. pr. vb. n. Protracting.]
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.
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.
Pro·tract·ed a. Prolonged; continued.
Protracted meeting,a religious meeting continued for many successive days. [U. S.]
-- Pro*tract*ed*ly, adv. -- Pro*tract*ed*ness, n.
adj : relatively long in duration; tediously protracted; "a
drawn-out argument"; "an extended discussion"; "a
lengthy visit from her mother-in-law"; "a prolonged and
bitter struggle"; "protracted negotiations" [syn: drawn-out,
extended, lengthy, prolonged]