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- (uncountable) A contraction is when something pulls together and gets smaller. It is the act of contracting.
- The cold weather made the bridge contract and break.
- (countable) A contraction is a word made of two other words, with letters and spaces removed, and an apostrophe added. It is different from a compound word, because a compound word doesn't have any letters removed. Most are informal.
- In English class, we learned the contractions "don't" and "you're".
- (countable) A contraction is when a muscle is used and pulls together to move some part of the body. Specifically, when giving birth, it means the uterus contracting.
- When she felt the contractions, she knew she was going into labor.