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contraction

contraction

contraction - Dictionary definition and meaning for word contraction

Definition
(noun) (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)
Definition
(noun) the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together
Synonyms : compression , condensation
Example Sentence
  • the contraction of a gas on cooling

Definition
(noun) a word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds
Example Sentence
  • `won't' is a contraction of `will not'
  • `o'clock' is a contraction of `of the clock'

Definition
(noun) the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope

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