Complete Definition of "contraction"

English

Etymology
contract + -tion.

Pronunciation
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ækÊÉn|-ækÊÉn

Noun
en-noun

  1. A reduction in size or activity.

#:''The country's economic contraction was caused by high oil prices.

  1. The shortening of a muscle when it is used.
  2. A strong and often painful shortening of the uterine muscles prior to or during childbirth.
  3. grammar a shortened word or phrase, with the missing letters represented by the apostrophe.

#:"Don't" is a contraction of "do not."

Translations

trans-top|reduction in size or activity

Finnish: taantuma
Norwegian: kontraksjon, forminskning
German: Verkleinerung, Kontraktion
Hebrew: ×ת×××צ×ת (hitkavtzut) f
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Russian: ÑокÑаÑение
Swedish: minskning, kontraktion
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trans-top|shortening of a muscle when it is used
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Finnish: supistus, lihassupistus
Norwegian: kontraksjon, sammentrekning
German: Kontraktion, Zusammenziehen
Hebrew: ×ת×××צ×ת (hitkavtzut) f
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Japanese: æ£ç¸®(ããããã, renshuku)
Russian: ÑокÑаÑение
Swedish: kontraktion, sammandragning
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trans-top|painful shortening of the uterine muscles
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Japanese: é£ç(ããã¤ã, jintsÅ«)
Russian: ÑокÑаÑение
Norwegian: sammentrekning
Swedish: sammandragning
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trans-top|shortened word or phrase
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trans-mid
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Norwegian: sammentrekning
Russian: ÑокÑаÑение
Swedish: sammandragning
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Antonyms
expansion
dilatation

Related terms
contract

See also
omission
:Category:English_contractions|List of English contractions

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