Meaning of 'contraction'

Find the meaning of the word ‘contraction’

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Meaning of ‘contraction’

4 definitions found.



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)

Synonyms: muscular contraction


a word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds

Example: "`won't' is a contraction of `will not'"


the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together

Example: "the contraction of a gas on cooling"

Synonyms: compression

Source: WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University

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