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Definitions of CONTRACTION
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- 1914 - Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language
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- 1871 - The Cabinet Dictionary of the English Language
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(physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)
the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope
By Princeton University
By DataStellar Co., Ltd
The act or process of contracting, shortening, or shrinking; the state of being contracted; as, contraction of the heart, of the pupil of the eye, or of a tendion; the contraction produced by cold.
The process of shortening an operation.
The act of incurring or becoming subject to, as liabilities, obligation, debts, etc.; the process of becoming subject to; as, the contraction of a disease.
Something contracted or abbreviated, as a word or phrase; -- as, plenipo for plenipotentiary; crim. con. for criminal conversation, etc.
The shortening of a word, or of two words, by the omission of a letter or letters, or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one; as, ne'er for never; can't for can not; don't for do not; it's for it is.
A marriage contract.
By Oddity Software
The act of drawing together; shrinkage; act of acquiring; the shortening of a word, or two words, by the cutting out of a letter or letters, as can't for cannot.
By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer
1. A shortening, noting the normal function of muscular tissue. 2. A more or less permanent shortening of a muscle. 3. A shrinkage or reduction in size.
By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop
By Daniel Lyons
By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman
By James Champlin Fernald
The act of contracting; the state of being contracted; abbreviation; the shortening of a word by the omission of a letter or syllable.
By Nuttall, P.Austin.
Contractio.Same etymon; Systole. Action of contracting. When we speak or the contraction of a muscle, we mean the phenomenon it exhibits during the time it is in action.
By Robley Dunglison
By Willam Alexander Newman Dorland
The act of contracting.
The state of being contracted.
In physiology, the sum of the phenomena which accompany a single muscular movement.
By Smith Ely Jelliffe
n. Act of contracting or state of being contracted; â€”process of shortening any operation; â€”abbreviation; â€”the shortening of a word by the omission of a vowel or syllable.
The act of contracting or shortening; the act of shrinking or shrivelling; the state of being contracted, drawn into a narrow compass; in grammar, the reduction of two vowels or syllables to one ; abbreviation, as the writing is full of contractions.
By Thomas Sheridan
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