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English definition of “contraction”


noun [U] (REDUCTION)    /kənˈtræk.ʃən/
the fact of something becoming smaller or shorter: Cold causes contraction of the metal. The contraction of this muscle raises the lower arm.Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong
(Definition of contraction noun (REDUCTION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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