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


  • Russian Economic Contraction Deepens in February
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  • China's manufacturing measure shows contraction for February
    BEIJING (AP) — An index that measures China's manufacturing activity went up slightly in February but still showed contraction amid China's economy slowdown, according to official data released Sunday. Read more on this news related to 'Contraction'
  • China Manufacturing Sector Slips Into Contraction - HSBC
    The manufacturing sector in China moved into contraction territory in March, the latest survey from HSBC Bank showed on Tuesday, with a PMI score of 49.2. Read more on this news related to 'Contraction'

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