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contraction

noun (n)

  • (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber) (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together (noun.event)
    Example:
    The contraction of a gas on cooling.
    source: wordnet30
  • a word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds (noun.communication)
    Example:
    `won't' is a contraction of `will not'.
    `o'clock' is a contraction of `of the clock'.
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • 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 tendon; the contraction produced by cold. (noun)
    source: webster1913
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