- 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.
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. [1913 Webster]
6. A marriage contract. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.