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Definition:

  1. [noun] (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)
    Synonyms: muscular muscle

  2. [noun] the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together; "the contraction of a gas on cooling"
    Synonyms: compression, condensation

  3. [noun] 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'"

  4. [noun] the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope

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