|1.||an instance of contracting or the state of being contracted|
|2.||physiol any normal shortening or tensing of an organ or part, esp of a muscle, e.g. during childbirth|
|3.||pathol any abnormal tightening or shrinking of an organ or part|
|4.||a shortening of a word or group of words, often marked in written English by an apostrophe: I've come |
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.
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.