What does the word contraction mean?

Usage examples for contraction

  1. The common symptoms noted are the double contraction of the muscles of the flank with each expiration, a short, dry cough and the dilated nostrils. – Common Diseases of Farm Animals by R. A. Craig, D. V. M.
  2. In the speech of the inhabitants the isle is known as Noirmoutier, a contraction of " Nigrum Monasterium," a name derived from the monastery founded here in the seventh century by St. Philibert. – Castles and Chateaux of Old Touraine and the Loire Country by Francis Miltoun
  3. Even then the muscular contraction of his claws might have given you fits; but he made a bad shot- only hit you with his shoulder and knocked you flying. – Harley Greenoak's Charge by Bertram Mitford

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