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    contraction - Dictionary definition and meaning for word contraction

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