Dictionary Results for contraction

1. contraction - noun

· (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)

Synonym(s): muscular_contraction, muscle_contraction

Hypernym(s): shortening

2. contraction - noun

· the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together; "the contraction of a gas on cooling"

Synonym(s): compression, condensation

Hypernym(s): shrinking, shrinkage

3. contraction - noun

· 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'"

Hypernym(s): word

4. contraction - noun

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

Hypernym(s): decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down

Antonym(s): expansion

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