- 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 constriction
He seemed to strive, to say more, but failed for the constriction of his throat.Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
Constriction of life, owing to this narrowness of culture, must no longer be encouraged.Creative Unity
Mr. Osborne complained of constriction of the chest—but this soon wore off.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
The river became mildly excited, as if in protest at the constriction.Yellowstone Nights
The gunboats had cut the coils, and loosened the constriction.Life of Wm. Tecumseh Sherman.
W. Fletcher Johnson
- 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
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Word Origin and History for constriction
c.1400, from Latin constrictionem (nominative constrictio), noun of action from past participle stem of constringere "compress" (see constrain).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.
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