Origin of contraction
Related Words for contractionrecession, shrinkage, reduction, decrease, deflation, condensation, reducing, compression, abridgment, evaporation, confinement, lessening, abbreviation, narrowing, omission, curtailment, withdrawal, diminution, shrinking, constriction
Examples from the Web for contraction
Contemporary Examples of contraction
“The regime army is in a state of contraction,” says Mustafa Sheikh, the head of the rebel Free Syrian Army.Inside Bashar al-Assad’s Army
December 10, 2012
Megan: So let's start with the contraction of the market for lawyers: do we know what's causing it?The Perils of Law School
September 24, 2012
If that contraction has continued over the summer, we call it a recession.The Eurozone: A Sinking Ship
August 14, 2012
The increase in public payrolls was helping to offset the contraction of private ones.A Secret the Republicans Know But Will Never Admit
June 11, 2012
As a result the U.S.—and the world—economy experienced 12 successive quarters of contraction.Why Keynes Is King
October 13, 2009
Historical Examples of contraction
A kind of universal cramp seized me—a contraction of every fibre of my body.Wilfrid Cumbermede
If the lameness arise from contraction, rather than from weakness, the best means will be frequent rubbing of the part affected.
White is produced by the dilation, black by the contraction, of the particles of sight.Timaeus
As the glue dries and breaks by contraction, it chips off the surface of the glass.On Laboratory Arts
Every muscle in his body responded with a contraction of full intensity.The K-Factor
Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
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.
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.