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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Birth, Grammar, Linguistics
contractioncon‧trac‧tion /kənˈtrækʃən/ noun  1 [countable]MB medical a very strong and painful movement of a muscle, especially the muscles around the womb during birth2 [uncountable]NARROW the process of becoming smaller or narrower the contraction of metal as it cools3 [countable]SLG a shorter form of a word or words ‘Haven’t’ is a contraction of ‘have not’.
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contractiona contraction in economic activityThis type of plastic allows for expansion and contraction during temperature changes.The final contractions are less painful and, indeed, pain varies a good deal between women and between births.Further contraction, pit closures, and industrial erosion would certainly follow.At this stage the C- field is also ineffective in stopping gravitational contraction.This was especially true as regards the period of contraction or depression, and the Great Depression dealt a decisive blow.Mary had started contractions, which were occurring every five minutes.This contraction was most severely felt by the few employees in the smaller workshops.They also promote sodium excretion and induce a mild volume contraction.
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