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Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
contraction /kənˈtrækʃən/ n
- an instance of contracting or the state of being contracted
- any normal shortening or tensing of an organ or part, esp of a muscle, e.g. during childbirth
- any abnormal tightening or shrinking of an organ or part
- a shortening of a word or group of words, often marked in written English by an apostrophe: I've come for I have come
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