HyperDic: contraction

English > 4 senses of the word contraction:
NOUNactcontraction, muscular contraction, muscle contraction(physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)
eventcontraction, compression, condensationthe process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together
communicationcontractiona word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds
actcontractionthe act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope
contraction > pronunciation
Soundskahntrae'kshahn
RhymesAachen ... Zukerman: 2572 rhymes with ahn...
English > contraction: 4 senses > noun 1, act
Meaning(physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber).
Synonymsmuscular contraction, muscle contraction
CategoryphysiologyThe branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms
NarrowerBraxton-Hicks contraction, false laborpainless contractions of the muscles of the uterus that continue throughout pregnancy with increasing frequency
contractureAn abnormal and usually permanent contraction of a muscle
tetanusA sustained muscular contraction resulting from a rapid series of nerve impulses
uterine contractionA rhythmic tightening in labor of the upper uterine musculature that contracts the size of the uterus and pushes the fetus toward the birth canal
vaginismusmuscular contraction that causes the vagina to close
BroadershorteningAct of decreasing in length
Spanishcontracción muscular, contracción
Catalancontracció muscular, contracció
Verbscontractsqueeze or press together
English > contraction: 4 senses > noun 2, event
MeaningThe process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together.
Example"the contraction of a gas on cooling"
Synonymscompression, condensation
Narrowerconstriction, coarctationtight / tight or narrow compression
Broadershrinking, shrinkageProcess or result of becoming less or smaller
Spanishcompresión, condensación, contracción
Catalancontracció
English > contraction: 4 senses > noun 3, communication
MeaningA word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds.
Examples
  • "'won't' is a contraction of 'will not'"
  • "'o'clock' is a contraction of 'of the clock'"
BroaderwordA unit of language that native speakers can identify
Spanishcontracción
Catalancontracció
English > contraction: 4 senses > noun 4, act
MeaningThe act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope.
Broaderdecrease, diminution, reduction, step-downThe act of decreasing or reducing something
Oppositeexpansion, enlargementThe act of increasing / increasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope
Verbscontractmake or become more narrow or restricted
contractbecome smaller or draw together
contractreduce in scope while retaining essential elements
contractcompress or concentrate
contractmake smaller

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