Origin of contraction
Related formscon·trac·tion·al, adjectivenon·con·trac·tion, nouno·ver·con·trac·tion, nounre·con·trac·tion, noun
Examples from the Web for contraction
“The regime army is in a state of contraction,” says Mustafa Sheikh, the head of the rebel Free Syrian Army.
Megan: So let's start with the contraction of the market for lawyers: do we know what's causing it?
If that contraction has continued over the summer, we call it a recession.
The increase in public payrolls was helping to offset the contraction of private ones.A Secret the Republicans Know But Will Never Admit|Michael Tomasky|June 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
As a result the U.S.—and the world—economy experienced 12 successive quarters of contraction.
Varnish, when at a certain temperature, is susceptible of contraction when any colder body is brought in contact with it.Practical Carriage and Wagon Painting|Mayton Clarence Hillick
If sufficient care be taken to prevent their entrance, the contraction of the disease can be absolutely prevented.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)|Grant Hague
The contraction is accomplished through the vigorous drawing together of the central bundle of muscles at the brow.Criminal Psychology|Hans Gross
This results in a slightly depressed cicatrix, which happily, however, shows but slight tendency to contraction.
Schapiro has reported a case of expiratory "spasm" due to contraction of the buccinators.Tics and Their Treatment|Henry Meigne
British Dictionary definitions for contraction
Derived Formscontractive, adjectivecontractively, adverbcontractiveness, noun
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Culture definitions for contraction
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.