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contract
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Anna Karenina
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as in: the metal contracted Define
when something gets shorter or smaller
  • "Pierre, give me the coffee," she said, addressing Petritsky, whom she called Pierre as a contraction of his surname, making no secret of her relations with him.

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  • When it is cold, the bridge contracts and the joints are further apart.
  • The muscle is contracted because of the pain.

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unspecified meaning
  • Her mouth stiffened, the muscles of the cheek contracted on the right side of her pale, nervous face.
  • In all these instances the husband had practically ceded or sold his unfaithful wife, and the very party which, being in fault, had not the right to contract a fresh marriage, had formed counterfeit, pseudo-matrimonial ties with a self-styled husband.

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  • His brows contracted at Katavasov’s words and he said something else.

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as in: legal contract Define
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
as in: contract the disease Define
to get -- especially in reference to a disease
as in: the metal contracted Define
when something gets shorter or smaller
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