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Definitions and Synonyms of contraction | Another word for contraction | What is contraction?

Definition 1: the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope - [noun denoting act]

(contraction is a kind of ...) the act of decreasing or reducing something

Definition 2: (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber) - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for contraction in the sense of this definition

(contraction is a kind of ...) act of decreasing in length

"the dress needs shortening"

(... is a kind of contraction ) an abnormal and usually permanent contraction of a muscle

(... is a kind of contraction ) a sustained muscular contraction resulting from a rapid series of nerve impulses

(... is a kind of contraction ) a rhythmic tightening in labor of the upper uterine musculature that contracts the size of the uterus and pushes the fetus toward the birth canal

(... is a kind of contraction ) painless contractions of the muscles of the uterus that continue throughout pregnancy with increasing frequency

(... is a kind of contraction ) muscular contraction that causes the vagina to close; usually an anxiety reaction before coitus or pelvic examination

(contraction belongs to category ...) the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms

Definition 3: a word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where contraction or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • `won't' is a contraction of `will not'
  • `o'clock' is a contraction of `of the clock'

(contraction is a kind of ...) a unit of language that native speakers can identify

"words are the blocks from which sentences are made" "he hardly said ten words all morning"

Definition 4: the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together - [noun denoting event]

Samples where contraction or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the contraction of a gas on cooling

Synonyms for contraction in the sense of this definition

(contraction is a kind of ...) process or result of becoming less or smaller

"the material lost 2 inches per yard in shrinkage"

(... is a kind of contraction ) tight or narrow compression

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