Definitions of contraction

  1. the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together; "the contraction of a gas on cooling" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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
  4. the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. 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
  6. The process of shortening an operation. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. 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
  8. Something contracted or abbreviated, as a word or phrase; -- as, plenipo for plenipotentiary; crim. con. for criminal conversation, etc. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. 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
  10. A marriage contract. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. 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.
  12. Arteriostenosis, arteriarctia. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  13. 1. A shortening, noting the normal function of muscular tissue. 2. A more or less permanent shortening of a muscle. 3. A shrinkage or reduction in size. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  14. Act of drawing together. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  15. Act of contracting: a word shortened by rejecting a part of it. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. Shrinking; shortening; thing contracted. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. The act of contracting, or the state of being contracted. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. That which is contracted. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. 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.
  20. The act of drawing together or shortening; the thing shortened or reduced. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. Contractio.Same etymon; Systole. Action of contracting. When we speak or the contraction of a muscle, we mean the phenomenon it exhibits during the time it is in action. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  22. [Latin] A drawing together or drawing up, as of a muscle; a shrinking or shortening, as Cicatricial c. Muscular c’s are either Tonic (or Tetanic), when the muscle remains rigidly contracted for some length of time; or Clonic, when the muscle alternately contracts and relaxes. Dupuytrens c. (C. of palmar fascia), see Dupuytren’s c. Front-tap c., a c. of the calf-muscles produced when the latter are made tense by pressing up the foot and the muscles on the front of the leg are tapped. Myotatic c., a generic name for the tendon reflexes. Paradoxical c., a slow, often prolonged tonic c. taking place in a muscle when its origin is approximated to its insertion by passive motion. na
  23. Shrinking, contracting; restriction, confinement; shortening of word by combination or elision; contracted word; contracting (of debt, disease, habit). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  24. A drawing together; a shortening or shrinkage. American pocket medical dictionary.
  25. The act of contracting. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  26. The state of being contracted. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  27. In physiology, the sum of the phenomena which accompany a single muscular movement. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  28. n. Act of contracting or state of being contracted; —process of shortening any operation; —abbreviation; —the shortening of a word by the omission of a vowel or syllable. Cabinet Dictionary
  29. The act of contracting or shortening; the act of shrinking or shrivelling; the state of being contracted, drawn into a narrow compass; in grammar, the reduction of two vowels or syllables to one ; abbreviation, as the writing is full of contractions. Complete Dictionary