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


  • Jamaica Economy Rebounding From Contraction, Wynter Says
    Jamaica’s economy is already rebounding following its first quarterly contraction since June 2013, after the Caribbean island restructured $9 billion in local bonds, central bank Governor Brian Wynter said. Read more on this news related to 'Contraction'
  • Russia Sees $140 Billion Annual Loss From Oil, Sanctions
    “We’ve seen a contraction of capital inflows into the country,” Siluanov said today at conference in Moscow. “We’re losing about $40 billion a year because of geopolitical sanctions, and we’re losing about about $90 billion to $100 billion on the basis of a 30 percent decline in oil prices.” Read more on this news related to 'Contraction'
  • Japan in shock recession as sales tax strangles growth
    Economic contraction fuels speculation that Shinzo Abe will call a snap election Read more on this news related to 'Contraction'

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