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a. An agreement between two or more parties, especially one that is written and enforceable by law.
b. The writing or document containing such an agreement.
2. The branch of law dealing with formal agreements between parties.
3. Marriage as a formal agreement; betrothal.
4. Games
a. The last and highest bid of a suit in one hand in bridge.
b. The number of tricks thus bid.
c. Contract bridge.
5. A paid assignment to murder someone: put out a contract on the mobster's life.
v. (kən-trăkt′, kŏn′trăkt′) con·tract·ed, con·tract·ing, con·tracts
1. To enter into by contract; establish or settle by formal agreement: contract a marriage.
2. To acquire or incur: contract obligations; contract a serious illness.
a. To reduce in size by drawing together; shrink.
b. To pull together; wrinkle.
4. Grammar To shorten (a word or words) by omitting or combining some of the letters or sounds, as do not to don't.
1. To enter into or make an agreement: contract for garbage collection.
2. To become reduced in size by or as if by being drawn together: The pupils of the patient's eyes contracted.

[Middle English, from Latin contractus, past participle of contrahere, to draw together, make a contract : com-, com- + trahere, to draw.]

con·tract′i·bil′i·ty n.
con·tract′i·ble adj.
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Every other open interval of P(A, [c.sub.0]) is contractible
They are not objective performance pay, which is conditional on contractible performance.
In terms of a Bredon homotopy action this implies that the maps [j.sub.H] : [[??].sub.H] [right arrow] [??] (H) are homotopy equivalences for {e} [not equal to] H, and thus [[??].sup.H.sub.H] is contractible - but [??](G) =: Y need not be contractible.
The faces of a convex polytope and the cells of a regular cell complex are examples of Whitney stratifications, but in general, a stratum in a stratified space need not be contractible. Moreover, the closure of a stratum of dimension d does not necessarily contain strata of dimension d-1, or for that matter, of any other dimension.
(14) What falls under a standard is readily contractible. Because the courts and the public tend to be cognizant of standards, the clarity criterion seems satisfied when stipulations conform to standards.
Let n [greater than or equal to] 3 and X be a contractible Stein manifold.
Then we are going to show that there is a nonconvex, contractible polytope that can be obtained by gluing those polytopes nicely.
In a simple hold-up model with contractible cost-related variables, I show that efficient adaptation and investments can be achieved through a requirement contract, which gives the buyer the right to decide on how much to buy ex post and contains a price provision with a two-part tariff structure, including a fixed component and a unit charge that may vary with quantities and cost-related variables.
A Banach algebra A is amenable (contractible) if every continuous derivation from A into a dual Banach A-module [X.sup.*] (Banach A-module X) is inner, for every Banach A-module X.
It turns out that every open interval is either contractible or spherical, i.e.
This unitary disposable absorbent article includes an absorbent core having a garment surface and a body surface, a liquid permeable topsheet positioned adjacent to the body surface of the absorbent core, a liquid impermeable backsheet positioned adjacent to the garment surface of the absorbent core and an elastically contractible dual cuff.
We recall that, if Y is a closed set of a topological space X, [cat.sub.X](Y) is the Ljusternik-Schnirelmann category of Y in X, namely the least number of closed and contractible sets in X which cover Y.