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noun contraction pronunciation in American English /kənˈtrækʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the process of becoming smaller

    the contraction of cooling metal

    There is likely to be further contraction of the dot-com sector as more firms go bankrupt.

  2. 2
    [countable] medical a movement of a muscle in which it becomes tighter, especially the strong painful movement of the muscles of a woman’s womb that help to push a baby out during birth
  3. 3
    [countable] linguistics a word made by leaving out a letter or letters of a word or words. For example “can’t” is a contraction of the word “cannot.”


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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