contraction / kənˈtræk ʃən /


contraction 的定义

n. 名词 noun
  1. an act or instance of contracting.
  2. the quality or state of being contracted.
  3. a shortened form of a word or group of words, with the omitted letters often replaced in written English by an apostrophe, as e'er for ever, isn't for is not, dep't for department.
  4. Physiology. the change in a muscle by which it becomes thickened and shortened.
  5. a restriction or withdrawal, as of currency or of funds available as call money.
  6. a decrease in economic and industrial activity.

contraction 近义词

n. 名词 noun

drawing in; shortening


  1. The economy’s deep contraction was heavily driven by services.
  2. When it comes to visualizing expansion and contraction, people often focus on a balloonlike universe whose change in size is described by a “scale factor.”
  3. In the cyclic universe, however, the smoothing happens during a period of contraction.
  4. The varying rates of contraction will be most extreme in countries like Thailand, Japan and Spain along with 20 others, where declines could see their populations halved by 2100, a new Lancet report on fertility and population growth scenarios shows.
  5. The expected population contraction will be due to dropping fertility rates with death rates being either at par with or faster than birth rates in several countries.
  6. Side effects may include recession, job contraction, 401(k) bruising, recurrent Dow fluctuation, and IRA bleeding.
  7. “AOL had a history of turmoil—rapid expansion and then rapid contraction,” Bewkes says.
  8. That would place the country in recession, typically defined as two consecutive quarters of economic contraction...
  9. The resulting credit contraction would be terrible news for the Italian economy.
  10. Darwin considered that this protective contraction “was a fundamental element in several of our most important expressions.”
  11. In fact, incredibly faster, after his once-a-century contraction of short years before.
  12. I take iowell (with a bar through the ll) to be the usual (Northern) contraction for Iowellis, jewels; F. text, joiau, pl.
  13. The nick-name of Gigonnet was applied to Bidault on account of a feverish, involuntary contraction of a leg muscle.
  14. Expansion and contraction broke the high arch and the connexions between the arches.
  15. Her lowered eyelids had that vague contraction which suggests a tear checked in its course, or a thought suppressed.