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Definitions of contracting

  1. Stipulating.

Usage examples for contracting

  1. " May I ask, Miss Omar"- I didn't have to see his face; his voice told how mad with rage he was-" how you come to be acquainted with a matter that only the contracting parties could possibly know of?" – In the Bishop's Carriage by Miriam Michelson
  2. I wash my hands of you; I have already given notice, through the country paper that I have given you your time, and shall pay no more debts of your contracting. – Do and Dare A Brave Boy's Fight for Fortune by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  3. Both generally marry from love, and whatever may be the general effect of love- matches, it cannot be denied that more than any others they tend to promote pleasant relations between the 'two contracting parties, ' as the French would call them. – Town Life in Australia 1883 by R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
  4. Before the negotiations began, a treaty had been made between the republic and the French Government, by which it was stipulated that every effort should be made by both contracting parties to bring about an honourable and assured peace between the United Provinces, Spain, and the archdukes. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  5. Raymond, declares his colleague, made no nice distinctions as to the possibility of melancholy women contracting an opinion of themselves that was false, but left the matter to the jury. – A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718 by Wallace Notestein
  6. This rare occurrence did not add to the domestic happiness of the contracting parties, nor did it lead to the ultimate increase of the Laughton possessions. – Lucretia, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  7. Marriage is a reciprocal arrangement, by which the contracting parties give love for love, care for keeping, faith for faith. – The House Behind the Cedars by Charles W. Chesnutt
  8. These calculations were quite correct at the moment, but I upset them afterward by spending the dollars and by contracting a tie which made flight from Aureataland a distasteful alternative. – A Man of Mark by Anthony Hope
  9. Though half conscious of something at his rear and left, he did not dream the cause until, turning, he saw Stanley's pallid face contracting with pain. – Our Pilots in the Air by Captain William B. Perry
  10. The mockery in Bessy's voice seemed to pass into her features, hardening and contracting them as frost shrivels a flower. – The Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton
  11. 4. Control and investigation of armaments in the contracting States. – The Geneva Protocol by David Hunter Miller
  12. On the 25th of January, after the Concordat was definitely settled, the Holy Father repaired to the apartments of her Majesty the Empress; and both of the contracting parties appeared equally well satisfied, which is a sufficient proof that neither treachery nor violence had been used. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  13. The soul within has the mysterious power of expanding as of contracting space. – The Thirteen by Honore de Balzac
  14. The polyp can also pull itself across a space such as that between two stems or leaves by stretching out one of its tentacles, fixing the tip to the object it desires to reach, pulling itself free from its former point of attachment, and dragging itself across by contracting the fixed tentacle. – Freshwater Sponges, Hydroids & Polyzoa by Nelson Annandale
  15. Pinetem's right to the crown was disputed by descendants of the Ramesside line of kings; and he thought it worth while to strengthen his title by contracting a marriage with a princess of that royal stock, a certain Ramaka, or Rakama, whose name appears on his monuments. – Ancient Egypt by George Rawlinson Other: Arthur Gilman
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