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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]