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contraction

noun
     
Related topics: Birth, Linguistics, Grammar
con‧trac‧tion
1 [countable]MB medical a very strong and painful movement of a muscle, especially the muscles around the womb during birth
2 [uncountable] the process of becoming smaller or narrower:
the contraction of metal as it cools
3 [countable]SLG a shorter form of a word or words:
'Haven't' is a contraction of 'have not'.

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