What does the word traction mean?

Usage examples for traction

  1. She was distressed about some shares she held in a traction company and Bert was able to be of real service to her, taking a careful memorandum, and promising to see her about it in a day. – Undertow by Kathleen Norris
  2. He felt that he could hope to do nothing right for Aunt Harriet, that absolute perfection in the performance of duty would make no more impression on her than a caress on the fly- wheel of a traction- engine. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett