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Noun
The process of becoming smaller
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“As the inevitable consolidation process proceeds in response to the many pressures that the industry faces, job contraction may be inevitable.”
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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.”
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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.”
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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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A painful involuntary contraction of a muscle or muscles
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An instance or example of becoming smaller or fewer
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The action of making something less extreme, intense, or violent
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Economic decline
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Conversion of one substance into another
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A reduction or curtailment, especially of business operations or staff
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The limitation or control of someone or something, or the state of being restricted
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The grip of a tyre on a road or a wheel on a rail
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A slight line or fold in something, especially fabric or the skin of the face
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