Translation of contraction in Spanish:

contraction

Pronunciation: /kənˈtrækʃən/

n

  • 1 1.1 u (decrease in size, length) contracción (f)
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    • 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.
    1.2 c (in childbirth) contracción (f)
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    • 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.
    1.3 c u [Ling] contracción (f)
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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