English to English
||(physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber) |
||the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together |
the contraction of a gas on cooling
||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'
||the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope |
||The act or process of contracting, shortening, or shrinking; the state of being contracted; as, contraction of the heart, of the pupil of the eye, or of a tendon; the contraction produced by cold. |