- to draw or press in; cause to contract or shrink; compress.
- to slow or stop the natural course or development of: Greed and aggressiveness constricted the nation's cultural life.
Origin of constrict
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Examples from the Web for constrict
I had saline mixed with Lidocaine pumped into my face to constrict my blood vessels and numb me so I could endure the zapping.Hey, Ashley Judd: I’m Puffy From Cosmetic Surgery—And Proud of It
April 14, 2012
A thread or the like tied about a blood vessel or other structure to constrict it.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry
Clothing should not constrict the body or hamper its movements.
The error deforms his faith as much as it tends to stiffen and constrict his life.Studies of Christianity
High stand-up collars are certainly to be avoided, as they constrict the Adam's apple and muffle the tone of the voice.
By virtue of this power they are enabled to constrict many dead animal matters.The Action of Medicines in the System
Frederick William Headland
- to make smaller or narrower, esp by contracting at one place
- to hold in or inhibit; limit
Word Origin and History for constrict
early 15c., from Latin constrictus, past participle of constringere "compress" (see constrain). A direct borrowing from Latin of the same word which, via French, became constrain. Related: Constricted; constricting.
- To make smaller or narrower, especially by binding or squeezing.