As a result the U.S.—and the world—economy experienced 12 successive quarters of contraction.
“The regime army is in a state of contraction,” says Mustafa Sheikh, the head of the rebel Free Syrian Army.
If that contraction has continued over the summer, we call it a recession.
Megan: So let's start with the contraction of the market for lawyers: do we know what's causing it?
The increase in public payrolls was helping to offset the contraction of private ones.
This contraction is slower, and more durable and important in its results.
With a contraction of heart he plunged himself into the conversation.
Without it the world monetary system would have entered phases of contraction much more readily.
And the closer they came, the greater the contraction of time aboard ship.
This is done so that the cooling of the molten metal as it is added will draw the edges together by its contraction.
late 14c., "action of making a contract" (especially of marriage), also "action of shrinking or shortening," from Old French contraction (13c.), or directly from Latin contractionem (nominative contractio), noun of action from past participle stem of contrahere (see contract (n.)). Meaning "action of acquiring (a disease) is from c.1600. Grammatical sense is from 1706; meaning "a contracted word or words" is from 1755. Contractions of the uterus in labor of childbirth attested from 1962.
contraction con·trac·tion (kən-trāk'shən)
The act of contracting or the state of being contracted.
The shortening and thickening of functioning muscle or muscle fiber.
The shortening and thickening of a muscle for the purpose of exerting force on or causing movement of a body part. See more at muscle.
A word produced by running two or more words together and leaving out some of the letters or sounds. For example, isn't is a contraction of is not.
Note: An apostrophe is generally used in contractions to show where letters or sounds have been left out.