1 (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber) [syn: muscular contraction, muscle contraction]
2 the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together; "the contraction of a gas on cooling" [syn: compression, condensation]
3 a word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds; "`won't' is a contraction of `will not'"; "`o'clock' is a contraction of `of the clock'"
4 the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope [ant: expansion]
- Rhymes: -ækʃən
- A reversible reduction in size.
- A period of economic decline or negative growth.
- The country's economic contraction was caused by high oil prices.
- A shortening of a muscle when it is used.
- A strong and often painful shortening of the uterine muscles prior to or during childbirth.
- A shortened word or phrase, with the missing letters
represented by an apostrophe.
- "Don't" is a contraction of "do not."
- Contracting a
- The contraction of AIDS from toilet seats is extremely rare.
- Syncope, the loss of sounds from within a word.
- The acquisition
of something, generally negative.
- Our contraction of debt in this quarter has reduced our ability to attract investors.
- A distinct stage of wound healing, wherein the wound edges are gradually pulled together.
reduction in size or activity
shortening of a muscle when it is used
painful shortening of the uterine muscles
shortened word or phrase
Contraction may refer to:
- Contraction (childbirth), a contraction during childbirth (basically referring to muscle contraction)
- Contraction (grammar), a word formed from two or more individual words.
- Syncope, the loss or reduction of sounds within a word.
- Braille contraction, used to decrease space and increase reading speed
- Economic contraction, a reversal of economic growth; the opposite of economic expansion.
- The reverse of thermal expansion
- Contraction mapping, in mathematics, a type of function on a metric space
- Edge contraction or vertex contraction, graph operations used in graph theory
- Muscle contraction, one that occurs when a muscle fiber lengthens or shortens
- Tensor contraction in tensor theory (in mathematics)
- Contraction, a stage in wound healing
- A structural rule in proof theory, see idempotency of entailment
contraction in German: Kontraktion
contraction in Spanish: Contracción
contraction in French: Contraction
contraction in Polish: Kontrakcja
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