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


  • Gaza war pushed Palestinian economy into recession: IMF
    The war between Israel and Gaza drove the Palestinian economy of Gaza and the West Bank into its first contraction since 2006, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday. While the West Bank managed a 4.5 percent expansion last year, Gaza's economic activity declined by about 15 percent, the IMF said, linking it to Israel's harsh bombing and shelling of Read more on this news related to 'Contraction'
  • China factories stall for second straight month
    China's manufacturing activity remained in contraction for a second straight month, a private survey showed on Friday, underscoring the sluggish Chinese economy and adding to the case for further monetary policy easing. "We're not out of the woods yet, still continuing to see contraction in China," said Frederic Neumann, co-head of Asian economic Read more on this news related to 'Contraction'
  • BOJ to project GDP contraction this year, eyes rebound - sources
    By Leika Kihara TOKYO (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan will project a slight economic contraction for the fiscal year ending in March, but may revise up its forecast for the following year in a quarterly ... Read more on this news related to 'Contraction'

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