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Contraction 1Definition: 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 2Definition: The process of shortening an operation.
Contraction 3Definition: 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 4Definition: Something contracted or abbreviated, as a word or phrase; as,
plenipo for plenipotentiary;
crim. con. for criminal conversation,
Contraction 5Definition: A marriage contract.
contraction 6Definition: the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope
contraction 7Definition: (physiology) a shortening or
tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)
contraction 8Definition: 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''"
the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together; "the contraction of a gas on cooling"