Contraction

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Contraction Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope
  • (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)
  • 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"

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber) ,
  • the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together; "the contraction of a gas on cooling" ,
  • 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 act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope

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Contraction Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


A contraction is a word that is made up of two or more words that are connected together. One or more letters are removed from the words when they are connected. One or more apostrophes are added in the location letters are removed. For example, an apostrophe goes in place of the o in not when "do not" is shortened to "don't".



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'Contraction' example sentence in quotations


* It is a sign of contraction of the mind when it is content, or of weariness. - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne


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Contraction Sample Sentences in News


  • Epithelial Tube Contraction
    Researchers at the Mechanobiology Institute (MBI), National University of Singapore (NUS) have identified a novel mechanosensitive regulation of epithelial tube contraction. These findings are published on 19 December 2014 in Current Biology (Pei Yi Tan and Ronen Zaidel-Bar. Transient membrane localization of SPV-1 drives cyclical actomyosin contractions in the C. Read more on this news related to 'Contraction'
  • China's manufacturing in contraction
    China's factory activity is in contraction at the year-end, based on a private survey, reinforcing calls for more stimulus. Read more on this news related to 'Contraction'
  • Japan GDP contraction larger than first estimated
    The contraction in Japan's economy last quarter was larger than initially estimated, according to figures released Monday that confirmed a recession ahead of an election on Sunday. The world's third-biggest ... Read more on this news related to 'Contraction'

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