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Contraction 1

Definition: 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.

Contraction 2

Definition: The process of shortening an operation.

Contraction 3

Definition: 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.

Contraction 4

Definition: Something contracted or abbreviated, as a word or phrase; as, plenipo for plenipotentiary; crim. con. for criminal conversation, etc.

Contraction 5

Definition: A marriage contract.

contraction 6

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

contraction 7

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

contraction 8

Definition: 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''"

contraction 9

Definition: the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together; "the contraction of a gas on cooling"


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