contraction, muscular contraction, muscle contraction(noun)
(physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)
compression, condensation, contraction(noun)
the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together
"the contraction of a gas on cooling"
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'"
the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope
contraction(noun)A reversible reduction in size.
contraction(noun)A period of economic decline or negative growth.
contraction(noun)A shortening of a muscle when it is used.
contraction(noun)A strong and often painful shortening of the uterine muscles prior to or during childbirth.
contraction(noun)A shortened word or phrase, with the missing letters represented by an apostrophe.
contraction(noun)Contracting a disease.
contraction(noun)Syncope, the loss of sounds from within a word.
contraction(noun)The acquisition of something, generally negative.
contraction(noun)A distinct stage of wound healing, wherein the wound edges are gradually pulled together.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
An abbreviation is a shortening by any method; a contraction is a reduction of size by the drawing together of the parts. A contraction of a word is made by omitting certain letters or syllables and bringing together the first and last letters or elements; an abbreviation may be made either by omitting certain portions from the interior or by cutting off a part; a contraction is an abbreviation, but an abbreviation is not necessarily a contraction; rec't for receipt, mdse. for merchandise, and Dr. for debtor are contractions; they are also abbreviations; Am. for American is an abbreviation, but not a contraction. Abbreviation and contraction are used of words and phrases, abridgment of books, paragraphs, sentences, etc. Compare ABRIDGMENT.
Dictionary of English Synonymes
Translations for contraction
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- контракция, свиване, скъсяване, съкращениеBulgarian
- contraccióCatalan, Valencian
- Kontraktion, Zusammenziehen, VerkleinerungGerman
- supistumamuoto, synnytyssupistus, kontraktio, lihassupistus, supistuminen, tartunta, taantuma, supistus, lähentyminen, tarttuminenFinnish
- 収縮, 攣縮, 陣痛Japanese
- 단축, 위축, 단축어Korean
- forminskning, sammentrekning, kontraksjonNorwegian
- forma ściąnięta, kontrakcjaPolish
- сокращение, стяжение, сжатиеRussian
- трудови, контракцијаSerbo-Croatian
- kontraktion, sammandragning, minskningSwedish
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