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Noun contraction has 4 senses
  1. contraction, muscular contraction, muscle contraction - (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)
    --1 is a kind of shortening
    --1 has particulars:
     contracture; tetanus; uterine contraction; Braxton-Hicks contraction, false labor; vaginismus
    Derived form: verb contract3
  2. compression, condensation, contraction - the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together; "the contraction of a gas on cooling"
    --2 is a kind of shrinking, shrinkage
    --2 has particulars: constriction, coarctation
  3. contraction - 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'"
    --3 is a kind of
  4. contraction - the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope
    --4 is a kind of
    decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down
    Antonyms: expansion, enlargement
    Derived forms: verb contract6, verb contract7, verb contract9, verb contract4, verb contract8
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