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Contraction meaning

contraction - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. the act of decreasing ( something) in size or volume or quantity or scope
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. The process of shortening an operation.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. Something contracted or abbreviated, as a word or phrase; -- as, plenipo for plenipotentiary; crim. con. for criminal conversation, etc.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. A marriage contract.
  8. 8. Shrinking; shortening; thing contracted.

contraction - examples of usage

  1. Occasionally violent contraction of muscles is sufficient to break a bone. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  2. During the first stages of the inflammation these surfaces are dry, and the rubbing of one against the other during the contraction and relaxation of the heart produces this sound. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  3. This shortening of the muscle band is known as contraction. - "A Handbook of Health", Woods Hutchinson.
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