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con·trac·tion

(kən-trăk′shən)
n.
1. The act of contracting or the state of being contracted.
2.
a. A word, as won't from will not, or phrase, as o'clock from of the clock, formed by omitting or combining some of the sounds of a longer phrase.
b. The formation of such a word.
3.
a. Physiology The shortening and thickening of functioning muscle or muscle fiber.
b. Any of a series of sudden and involuntary tightenings of the uterine muscles occurring before or during childbirth.
4. A period of decreased business activity.

contraction

(kənˈtrækʃən)
n
1. an instance of contracting or the state of being contracted
2. (Physiology) physiol any normal shortening or tensing of an organ or part, esp of a muscle, e.g. during childbirth
3. (Pathology) pathol any abnormal tightening or shrinking of an organ or part
4. (Linguistics) a shortening of a word or group of words, often marked in written English by an apostrophe: I've come for I have come.
conˈtractive adj
conˈtractively adv
conˈtractiveness n

con•trac•tion

(kənˈtræk ʃən)

n.
1. an act or instance of contracting.
2. the quality or state of being contracted.
3. a shortened form of a word or group of words, with the omitted letters often replaced in written English by an apostrophe, as isn't for is not, they're for they are, e'er for ever.
4. the change in a muscle by which it becomes thickened and shortened.
5. a decrease in economic and industrial activity.
[1375–1425; (< Middle French) < Latin contractiō=contrac-, variant s. of contrahere (see contract) + -tiō -tion]
con•trac′tion•al, adj.
con•trac′tive (-tɪv) adj.
con•trac′tive•ness, n.
usage: Contractions (isn't, couldn't, can't, he'll) occur chiefly, although not exclusively, in informal speech and writing. They are common in personal letters, business letters, journalism, and fiction; rare in scientific and scholarly writing. Contractions in formal writing usu. represent speech.

con·trac·tion

(kən-trăk′shən)
The shortening and thickening of a muscle in action. Contraction of the biceps of the arm causes the elbow to bend.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contraction - (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)
shortening - act of decreasing in length; "the dress needs shortening"
contracture - an abnormal and usually permanent contraction of a muscle
tetanus - a sustained muscular contraction resulting from a rapid series of nerve impulses
uterine contraction - a rhythmic tightening in labor of the upper uterine musculature that contracts the size of the uterus and pushes the fetus toward the birth canal
Braxton-Hicks contraction, false labor - painless contractions of the muscles of the uterus that continue throughout pregnancy with increasing frequency
vaginismus - muscular contraction that causes the vagina to close; usually an anxiety reaction before coitus or pelvic examination
physiology - the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms
2.contraction - the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together; "the contraction of a gas on cooling"
shrinkage, shrinking - process or result of becoming less or smaller; "the material lost 2 inches per yard in shrinkage"
coarctation, constriction - tight or narrow compression
3.contraction - 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'"
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
4.contraction - the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope
reduction, step-down, diminution, decrease - the act of decreasing or reducing something
enlargement, expansion - the act of increasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope

contraction

noun
1. tightening, narrowing, tensing, shortening, drawing in, constricting, shrinkage Cramp is caused by contraction of the muscles.
2. abbreviation, reduction, shortening, compression, diminution, constriction, elision `It's' is a contraction of `it is'.
Translations
إخْتِصار لِكَلِمَة طَويلَهتَقَلُّص، إنْقِباض
smršťovánístahovánízkrácený tvar/slovo
sammentrækning
összehúz ás
samandreginnsamdráttur
stiahnutie
büzülmekasılmakısaltma

contraction

[kənˈtrækʃən] Ncontracción f

contraction

[kənˈtrækʃən] n
[muscles] → contraction f
(in output, economy, size)réduction f
[word] → forme f contractéecontract killer ntueur m à gagescontract killing nmeurtre m commanditécontract of employment ncontrat m de travailcontract of service ncontrat m de service

contraction

n
(of metal, muscles)Zusammenziehen nt, → Zusammenziehung f; (fig)Schrumpfung f
(Ling) → Kontraktion f
(in childbirth) (labour) contractions(Geburts)wehen pl; the contractions are coming strongdie Wehen sind stark
(form: = acquisition, of debts) → Ansammlung f; (of habit)Entwicklung f, → Annahme f; his contraction of polioseine Erkrankung an Kinderlähmung

contraction

[kənˈtrækʃn] ncontrazione f; (of metal) → restringimento

contract

(kənˈtrӕkt) verb
1. to make or become smaller, less, shorter, tighter etc. Metals expand when heated and contract when cooled; `I am' is often contracted to `I'm'; Muscles contract.
2. ( American ˈkontrakt) to promise legally in writing. They contracted to supply us with cable.
3. to become infected with (a disease). He contracted malaria.
4. to promise (in marriage).
(ˈkontrӕkt) noun
a legal written agreement. He has a four-year contract (of employment) with us; The firm won a contract for three new aircraft.
conˈtraction (-ʃən) noun
1. an act of contracting. contraction of metals; contraction of muscles.
2. a word shortened in speech or spelling. `I'm' is a contraction of `I am'.
conˈtractor noun
a person or firm that promises to do work or supply goods at a fixed rate. a building contractor.

con·trac·tion

n. contracción;
after - ______ ulterior;
deep ______ de fondo;
hunger ______ de hambre;
muscular ______ muscular;
spasmodic ______ espasmódica.

contraction

n contracción f; Braxton-Hicks contractions contracciones de Braxton-Hicks, falsos dolores de parto; premature atrial — (PAC) contracción auricular prematura (CAP); premature ventricular — (PVC) contracción ventricular prematura (CVP)
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It is allowed, that senates and great councils are often troubled with redundant, ebullient, and other peccant humours; with many diseases of the head, and more of the heart; with strong convulsions, with grievous contractions of the nerves and sinews in both hands, but especially the right; with spleen, flatus, vertigos, and deliriums; with scrofulous tumours, full of fetid purulent matter; with sour frothy ructations: with canine appetites, and crudeness of digestion, besides many others, needless to mention.
Our old acquaintance Montalais, therefore, made his majesty a profound courtesy, the more respectful from the necessity she was under of concealing certain contractions of her laughing lips, which the king might not have attributed to their real cause.
Journeys, London, servants, horses, table-- contractions and restrictions every where
So he stood, after regaining balance, and soberly regarded, in a vain effort to understand, the mate with a bottle- bottom inverted skyward, the mouth to his lips, the while his throat made gulping contractions and noises.
For example, Knight Dunlap contends that images are really muscular contractions,* and evidently regards our awareness of muscular contractions as not coming under the head of introspection.
The big blacksmith stood in scowling indecisions his face pathetic in its fierce yearning, his hands making unconscious, clutching contractions.
Perker was taking a pinch of snuff with various grotesque contractions of countenance, eulogistic of the persuasive powers appertaining unto young ladies, when the murmur of inquiry and answer was heard in the outer office, and Lowten tapped at the door.
A very nice arrangement," returned her father, with a slight nervous contraction of the corners of his mouth and eyelids to indicate mischievousness.
It is redeemed from insignificance only by the contraction of her eyebrows into a near-sighted scowl.
But supplementary to this, it has hypothetically occurred to me, that as ordinary fish possess what is called a swimming bladder in them, capable, at will, of distension or contraction; and as the Sperm Whale, as far as I know, has no such provision in him; considering, too, the otherwise inexplicable manner in which he now depresses his head altogether beneath the surface, and anon swims with it high elevated out of the water; considering the unobstructed elasticity of its envelop; considering the unique interior of his head; it has hypothetically occurred to me, I say, that those mystical lung-celled honeycombs there may possibly have some hitherto unknown and unsuspected connexion with the outer air, so as to be susceptible to atmospheric distension and contraction.
Her complexion was sallow; and her features small, without beauty, and naturally without expression; but a lucky contraction of the brow had rescued her countenance from the disgrace of insipidity, by giving it the strong characters of pride and ill nature.
Pocket, with a rather anxious contraction of his eyebrows, which were black and handsome, "Belinda, I hope you have welcomed Mr.