- 1The process of becoming smaller: the general contraction of the industry did further damage to morale [count noun]: the manufacturing sector suffered a severe contractionMore example sentences
- This is explained by the heavy decline in total export revenues during 1986 and severe contraction in the Jordanian export commodities other than phosphate.
- However, surges in the trade deficit need not cause general economic contraction if they are accompanied by growth of demand from other sources.
- The longer the economy continues to persist without any economic and market contraction, the more severe the crisis will be once it occurs.
- 1.1The process in which a muscle becomes or is made shorter and tighter: neurons control the contraction of musclesMore example sentences
- A second, less-frequent muscle contraction, isthmus peristalsis, transports bacteria from the corpus to the terminal bulb.
- Acetylcholine is released by neurons to provoke muscle contraction.
- Exercises include pelvic floor muscle contraction and relaxation to improve voluntary control.
- 1.2 [count noun] (usually contractions) A shortening of the uterine muscles occurring at intervals before and during childbirth: she was now in no doubt that she was having contractionsMore example sentences
- Cloves are even useful as a stimulant to strengthen uterine muscle contractions during childbirth.
- All patients were continuously monitored for fetal heart rate and uterine contractions.
- Such drugs increase the force and duration of uterine contractions.
- 1.3The process of shortening a word by combination or elision.More example sentences
- The contraction of a phrase, word, or part of a word, has the analogy of a telescope being closed: biodegradable for biologically degradable; sitcom for situation comedy.
- Yes, since time immemorial, either/or have been as close as two words can get without contraction.
- 1.4 [count noun] A word or group of words resulting from shortening an original form: ‘goodbye’ is a contraction of ‘God be with you’More example sentences
- How do you mime the archaic exclamation ‘Zounds’, a contraction of ‘God's wounds’?
- You know you're struggling when you go back through the chapter to expand out some contractions to make your word count for the day…
- The brief was to produce a complete story in 100 words, exactly, not counting the title, and allowing contractions as one word.
late Middle English: via Old French from Latin contractio(n-), from contrahere 'draw together' (see contract).