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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Contraction \Con*trac"tion\, n. [L. contractio: cf. F.
1. The act or process of contracting, shortening, or
shrinking; the state of being contracted; as, contraction
of the heart, of the pupil of the eye, or of a tendon; the
contraction produced by cold.
2. (Math.) The process of shortening an operation.
3. The act of incurring or becoming subject to, as
liabilities, obligation, debts, etc.; the process of
becoming subject to; as, the contraction of a disease.
4. Something contracted or abbreviated, as a word or phrase;
-- as, plenipo for plenipotentiary; crim. con. for
criminal conversation, etc.
5. (Gram.) The shortening of a word, or of two words, by the
omission of a letter or letters, or by reducing two or
more vowels or syllables to one; as, ne'er for never;
can't for can not; don't for do not; it's for it is.
6. A marriage contract. [Obs.] --Shak.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ
(especially of a muscle or muscle fiber) [syn:
contraction, muscular contraction, muscle
2: the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed
together; "the contraction of a gas on cooling" [syn:
compression, condensation, contraction]
3: a word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining
some sounds; "`won't' is a contraction of `will not'";
"`o'clock' is a contraction of `of the clock'"
4: the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or
quantity or scope [ant: enlargement, expansion]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
57 Moby Thesaurus words for "contraction":
Speedwriting, abatement, abbreviation, abridgment, alleviation,
apocope, aposiopesis, attenuation, brachygraphy, clipping,
coarctation, constriction, crasis, cutting, dampening, damping,
decrease, decrement, decrescence, deduction, deflation,
depreciation, depression, diminishment, diminution, dying,
dying off, elision, ellipsis, extenuation, fade-out, languishment,
lessening, letup, lowering, miniaturization, mitigation, narrowing,
phonography, pruning, reduction, relaxation, sagging, scaling down,
shortening, shorthand, simplicity, stenography, stricture,
subtraction, syncope, syneresis, tachygraphy, taper, tapering,
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :
(Or "contraction") The process of transforming an expression
according to certain reduction rules. The most important
forms are beta reduction (application of a lambda
abstraction to one or more argument expressions) and delta
reduction (application of a mathematical function to the
required number of arguments).
An evaluation strategy (or reduction strategy), determines
which part of an expression (which redex) to reduce first.
There are many such strategies.
See graph reduction, string reduction, normal order
reduction, applicative order reduction, parallel
reduction, alpha conversion, beta conversion, delta
conversion, eta conversion.
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
CONTRACTION. An abbreviation; a mode of writing or printing by which some of
the letters of a word are omitted. See Abbreviations.
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