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kənˈtræk ʃəncon·trac·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contraction, muscular contraction, muscle contractionnoun

    (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)

  2. compression, condensation, contractionnoun

    the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together

    "the contraction of a gas on cooling"

  3. contractionnoun

    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'"

  4. contractionnoun

    the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope


  1. contractionnoun

    A reversible reduction in size.

  2. contractionnoun

    A period of economic decline or negative growth.

    The country's economic contraction was caused by high oil prices.

  3. contractionnoun

    A shortening of a muscle when it is used.

  4. contractionnoun

    A strong and often painful shortening of the uterine muscles prior to or during childbirth.

  5. contractionnoun

    A shortened word or phrase, with the missing letters represented by an apostrophe.

  6. contractionnoun

    Contracting a disease.

    The contraction of AIDS from toilet seats is extremely rare.

  7. contractionnoun

    Syncope, the loss of sounds from within a word.

  8. contractionnoun

    The acquisition of something, generally negative.

    Our contraction of debt in this quarter has reduced our ability to attract investors.

  9. contractionnoun

    A distinct stage of wound healing, wherein the wound edges are gradually pulled together.

  10. Etymology: From contractio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Contractionnoun

    Etymology: contractio, Latin.

    The main parts of the poem, such as the fable and sentiments, no translator can prejudice but by omissions or contractions. Alexander Pope, Essay on Homer.

    Oil of vitriol will throw the stomach into involuntary contractions. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Some things induce a contraction in the nerves, placed in the mouth of the stomach, which is a great cause of appetite. Francis Bacon.

    Comparing the quantity of contraction and dilatation made by all the degrees of each colour, I found it greatest in the red. Isaac Newton, Opt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contractionnoun

    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

  2. Contractionnoun

    the process of shortening an operation

  3. Contractionnoun

    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

  4. Contractionnoun

    something contracted or abbreviated, as a word or phrase; -- as, plenipo for plenipotentiary; crim. con. for criminal conversation, etc

  5. Contractionnoun

    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

  6. Contractionnoun

    a marriage contract

  7. Etymology: [L. contractio: cf. F. contraction.]


  1. Contraction

    A contraction is a shortened version of the written and spoken forms of a word, syllable, or word group, created by omission of internal letters. In traditional grammar, contraction can denote the formation of a new word from one word or a group of words, for example, by elision. This often occurs in rendering a common sequence of words or, as in French, in maintaining a flowing sound. In strict analysis, contractions should not be confused with abbreviations or acronyms, with which they share some semantic and phonetic functions, though all three are connoted by the term "abbreviation" in loose parlance. Contraction is also distinguished from clipping, where beginnings and endings are omitted.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contraction in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contraction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of contraction in a Sentence

  1. Alfredo Coutino:

    The contraction of the Mexican economy during the epidemic is much bigger than that of other recent crises.

  2. Frederic Neumann of HSBC:

    China's manufacturing sector is stuck in contraction.

  3. Med Jones:

    The forces of the Power Cycles work over time to distributes the power and wealth among nations. Every nation and every political party must go through the cycles of expansion and contraction. This is true for all past, current and future powers. The only difference is that this power cycle got accelerated tremendously with the introduction of the Internet and global communications.

  4. Barack Obama:

    Right now, he's presiding over the collapse of his currency, a major financial crisis and a huge economic contraction, that doesn't sound like somebody who has rolled me or the United States of America.

  5. Fiona Mullen:

    My forecast is for a contraction of 0.7 percent this year.

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