- the act of constricting.
- the state of being constricted; tightness or inward pressure.
- a constricted part.
- something that constricts.
- Phonetics. an articulated narrowing of the vocal tract that in consonants audibly obstructs the flow of air and in vowels defines an interconnection between or among resonance cavities.Compare closure(def 6).
Origin of constriction
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Examples from the Web for constrictions
A start would be to abandon the constrictions of academic fields.Everyone Should Go to College
August 28, 2011
Disjunct: with head, thorax and abdomen separated by constrictions.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
No; they complain of nightmares, constrictions of the breast and heart.The Inferno
The organ is divided by two constrictions into three compartments.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
Four flattish lobes, deeply separated by constrictions, form each of these strange-looking fruits.Trees Worth Knowing
Julia Ellen Rogers
We live in them mentally, and accept all their constrictions and restrictions as a matter of course.The Beauty
Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
- a feeling of tightness in some part of the body, such as the chest
- the act of constricting or condition of being constricted
- something that is constricted
- genetics a localized narrow region of a chromosome, esp at the centromere
Word Origin and History for constrictions
c.1400, from Latin constrictionem (nominative constrictio), noun of action from past participle stem of constringere "compress" (see constrain).
- The act of constricting or the state of being constricted.
- A feeling of tightness or pressure, as in the chest.
- A constricted or narrow part.