contraction contraction  /kən ˈtræk ʃən/


  1. (n) (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)
  2. (n) the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together
  3. (n) a word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds
  4. (n) the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope


  1. This cablese, with its word contractions, its elaborate prefixes and suffixes, had nearly become a code; hence, the ban.
  2. Stomach contractions are generally unmistakable hunger signals to the stomach's owner.
  3. Outright contractions in retail sales in March and April point to a renewed decline of at least 1% in real consumption in the current quarter.


  1. Eurozone Private Sector Slump Eases, But Unlikely To Avert Q2 Contraction

    The downturn in Eurozone's private sector economy eased sharply in May, but the improvement is unlikely to provide sufficient lift to the region's economy to avoid a further contraction in the second quarter.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: RTT News

  2. Euro-Zone Contraction May Be Nearing End

    Euro-Zone Contraction May Be Nearing End
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Nasdaq

  3. Pace of Contraction France's Private Sector Slows in June

    Pace of Contraction France's Private Sector Slows in June
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Nasdaq


  1. When announcing the rise, Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens said "with the risk of serious economic contraction in Australia now having passed" it was time to gradually decrease the level of stimulus".
    on Nov 10, 2009 By: Glenn Stevens Source: Blue Mountains Gazette

  2. "Given the financial damage to date, I cannot see how we can avoid a significant rise in layoffs and unemployment," Greenspan said. "Fearful American households are attempting to adjust, as best they can, to a rapid contraction in credit...
    on Oct 23, 2008 By: Alan Greenspan Source: USA Today

  3. "The possibility of higher energy prices, tighter credit conditions, and a still-deeper contraction in housing markets all represent significant downside risks to the outlook for growth. Atthe same time, upside risks to the inflation outlook have...
    on Jul 15, 2008 By: Ben Bernanke Source: Xinhua

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