contraction

Definitions

General English

Aviation

  • noun the decrease in volume of a substance brought about by cooling

Economics

  • economic contraction
  • abbreviation forEconomic contraction
  • The downward phase of the business cycle, in which GDP is falling and unemployment is rising over time.

Medical

  • noun the act of making something smaller or of becoming smaller
  • noun a tightening movement which makes a muscle shorter, which makes the pupil of the eye smaller or which makes the skin wrinkle
  • noun a movement of the muscles of the uterus occurring during childbirth
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