Today's Word of the Day means...
contraction con·trac·tion (kən-trāk'shən)
The act of contracting or the state of being contracted.
The shortening and thickening of functioning muscle or muscle fiber.
The shortening and thickening of a muscle for the purpose of exerting force on or causing movement of a body part. See more at muscle.
A word produced by running two or more words together and leaving out some of the letters or sounds. For example, isn't is a contraction of is not.
Note: An apostrophe is generally used in contractions to show where letters or sounds have been left out.