- contracted kidney,
- contracted pelvis,
- contractile vacuole,
- contraction joint,
Origin of contraction
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
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.