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Definitions of contraction

  1. (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds; "`won't' is a contraction of `will not'"; "`o'clock' is a contraction of `of the clock'" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. The act or process of contracting, shortening, or shrinking; the state of being contracted; as, contraction of the heart, of the pupil of the eye, or of a tendion; the contraction produced by cold. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. The process of shortening an operation. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. The act of incurring or becoming subject to, as liabilities, obligation, debts, etc.; the process of becoming subject to; as, the contraction of a disease. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. Something contracted or abbreviated, as a word or phrase; -- as, plenipo for plenipotentiary; crim. con. for criminal conversation, etc. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. The shortening of a word, or of two words, by the omission of a letter or letters, or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one; as, ne'er for never; can't for can not; don't for do not; it's for it is. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. A marriage contract. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. The act of drawing together; shrinkage; act of acquiring; the shortening of a word, or two words, by the cutting out of a letter or letters, as can't for cannot. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Act of contracting: a word shortened by rejecting a part of it. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Shrinking; shortening; thing contracted. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. The act of contracting, or the state of being contracted. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. That which is contracted. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. The act of contracting; the state of being contracted; abbreviation; the shortening of a word by the omission of a letter or syllable. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for contraction

  1. There was a wistful note in the question, and around her gentle blue eyes appeared a group of little lines, brought out by the nervous contraction of her forehead. – Virginia by Ellen Glasgow
  2. This young lady had restless brilliant eyes, and a contraction about the forehead which gave one the idea of a creature suffering perpetual headache. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
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