What does contraction mean?

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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.

    Etymology: From contractio.

  2. contractionnoun

    A period of economic decline or negative growth.

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

    Etymology: From contractio.

  3. contractionnoun

    A shortening of a muscle when it is used.

    Etymology: From contractio.

  4. contractionnoun

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

    Etymology: From contractio.

  5. contractionnoun

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

    Etymology: From contractio.

  6. contractionnoun

    Contracting a disease.

    The contraction of AIDS from toilet seats is extremely rare.

    Etymology: From contractio.

  7. contractionnoun

    Syncope, the loss of sounds from within a word.

    Etymology: From contractio.

  8. contractionnoun

    The acquisition of something, generally negative.

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

    Etymology: From contractio.

  9. contractionnoun

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

    Etymology: From contractio.

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

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

  2. Contractionnoun

    the process of shortening an operation

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

  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

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

  4. Contractionnoun

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

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

  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

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

  6. Contractionnoun

    a marriage contract

    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. Ryan Mauro:

    What we see is that overall global support for Islamist extremist groups is decreasing but the rate of violence within that Islamist pool is increasing as that contraction happens.

  2. Zhengsheng Zhong:

    All of the index categories showed signs of deterioration, with employment falling back into contraction territory after three consecutive months of growth.

  3. Olivier Jankovec:

    The trend of decreasing freight traffic is hard to ignore. It reflects weakening economic data and contraction forces at play, not just in Europe but around the world. These will ultimately translate into lower passenger demand, adding to that, volatile oil prices, labour cost pressures and more consolidation should also lead airlines to be more cautious with capacity expansion. So pressures on passenger traffic are likely to come both from the demand and supply sides in 2019.

  4. Takumi Tsunoda:

    Output will likely be positive in the first quarter, but we expect growth to be negative. The biggest reason is the contraction in private spending due to the state of emergency.

  5. Total Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne:

    Non-OPEC supply will contract... by mid-2016 we should see contraction in U.S production according to what we understand.

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