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The process of becoming smaller
“As the inevitable consolidation process proceeds in response to the many pressures that the industry faces, job contraction may be inevitable.”
The process in which a muscle becomes or is made shorter and tighter
“The force of contraction declines slightly as it advances, reaching a nadir at about the level where the muscle becomes smooth muscle.”
A shortening of the uterine muscles occurring at intervals before and during childbirth
“For example, it is suggested that lower doses cause more contraction of the womb, and higher doses have a more spasmodic effect and decrease the rate of contraction.”
A word or group of words resulting from shortening an original form
“To show you how far down that slick slope we've slid, lexicographically speaking, consider that quaint contraction ain't.”
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