What does the word protract mean?

Usage examples for protract

  1. Why should I endeavour to protract a life that a few days, more or less, will terminate, according to the ordinary calculations of chance? – Paul Clifford, Volume 7. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  2. She had, she thought, the right to protract this one interview. – The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason
  3. Captain Crowe scowled now; this was still the affair of the shingles, and it had been of enough consequence two days before to protract a conversation through two long hours. – The Life of Nancy by Sarah Orne Jewett