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contract
used in The Fountainhead

2 meanings, 59 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
legal contract
Definition
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
  • ...he signed the contract...
    1.11 — Part 1 Chapter 11 (32% in)
contract = legal agreement
There are no more uses of "contract" flagged with this meaning in The Fountainhead.

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2  —4 uses as in:
the metal contracted
Definition
when something gets shorter or smaller
  • It had merely become distasteful; not enough to force a decision; not enough to make him clench his fists; just enough to contract his nostrils.
    4.9 — Part 4 Chapter 9 (58% in)
contract = make smaller (in this case tightening the nostril muscles)

(editor's note: This is a less common sense of contract; though not uncommon generally and very common in engineering or physiology.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Sometimes, he was asked to show his sketches; he extended them across a desk, feeling a contraction of shame in the muscles of his hand; it was like having the clothes torn off his body, and the shame was not, that his body was exposed, but that it was exposed to indifferent eyes.
    1.8 — Part 1 Chapter 8 (62% in)
  • Toohey lifted his head and looked at him, the faint contraction of boredom in the corners of his eyes letting Scarret understand that this moment of attention was a favor; he drawled in a tone of emphasized patience: "All right.
    4.2 — Part 4 Chapter 2 (64% in)
  • Every physical instrumentality was on his side: a few contractions of his vocal cords giving the order and someone's hand opening a valve—and the obedient machine would move away.
    4.11 — Part 4 Chapter 11 (21% in)

There are no more uses of "contract" flagged with this meaning in The Fountainhead.

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exact meaning not specified
  • This is stated in the contract.
    4.19 — Part 4 Chapter 19 (78% in)
  • All the papers, the files, the drawings, the contracts, everything.
    1.6 — Part 1 Chapter 6 (35% in)
  • There were drawings of Cameron's famous buildings and of buildings unbuilt; there were blueprints with the thin white lines that were girders still standing somewhere; there were contracts with famous signatures; and at times, from out of the red glow, there flashed a sum of seven figures written on yellowed paper, flashed and went down, in a thin burst of sparks.
    1.6 — Part 1 Chapter 6 (40% in)
  • Look, I have no idea what kind of a contract one makes with an architect and you must know, so draw up one and let my lawyer okay it this afternoon, will you?
    1.10 — Part 1 Chapter 10 (97% in)
  • We've signed the contract yesterday.
    1.11 — Part 1 Chapter 11 (7% in)
  • Mr. Sanborn signed the contract after Roark had explained to him in detail the kind of a house he was to expect; Mr. Sanborn had agreed to it readily, had not wished even to wait for sketches.
    1.13 — Part 1 Chapter 13 (73% in)
  • It's a small compromise, and when you agree to it we can sign the contract.
    1.15 — Part 1 Chapter 15 (74% in)
  • She pressed her fingertips, wet with perfume, to the hollows of her temples, and held them there for a moment; she felt relief in the cold, contracting bite of the liquid on her skin.
    2.2 — Part 2 Chapter 2 (56% in)
  • So here you've got me swindled too, just about almost, that is, I'll give you a ring in a few days and we'll have a dogfight over the contract!
    2.6 — Part 2 Chapter 6 (66% in)
  • Because, you see, I had decided, yes, I had absolutely and definitely decided—almost—to have this fellow Roark, in fact I told him so, in fact he's coming over tomorrow afternoon to sign the contract, and now...Do you really think it will look like a feather boa?
    2.7 — Part 2 Chapter 7 (43% in)
  • The most important consequence of Sermons in Stone was Toohey's contract to write a daily column for Gail Wynand's New York Banner.
    2.9 — Part 2 Chapter 9 (76% in)
  • The contract came as a surprise to the followers of both sides involved, and, at first, it made everybody angry.
    2.9 — Part 2 Chapter 9 (76% in)
  • Toohey was the only Wynand employee who had a contract permitting him to write anything he pleased.
    2.9 — Part 2 Chapter 9 (82% in)
  • In May he signed another contract—for his first office building, a fifty-story skyscraper in the center of Manhattan.
    2.10 — Part 2 Chapter 10 (13% in)
  • But it was the unstated that gave meaning to the relaxed simplicity of these hours; their eyes laughed silently at the preposterous contract whenever they looked at each other.
    2.10 — Part 2 Chapter 10 (29% in)
  • At the end of July, Roark signed a contract to build the Aquitania.
    2.10 — Part 2 Chapter 10 (53% in)
  • # Ellsworth Toohey sat in his office, looking at a newspaper spread out on his desk, at the item announcing the Aquitania contract.
    2.10 — Part 2 Chapter 10 (53% in)
  • I thought you had worked hard to prevent that contract.
    2.10 — Part 2 Chapter 10 (57% in)
  • A few days after the announcement of the Aquitania contract Toohey came to see Hopton Stoddard, in the evening, in the privacy of Stoddard's vast, overstuffed apartment on Riverside Drive.
    2.10 — Part 2 Chapter 10 (72% in)
  • Just hire him—don't sign a contract, it's not necessary—make arrangements for your bank to take care of the financial end and let him do the rest.
    2.10 — Part 2 Chapter 10 (81% in)
  • Give me a piece of paper and I'll write you a contract right now, stating that I will owe you a million dollars damages if I hire another sculptor or if your work is not used.
    2.11 — Part 2 Chapter 11 (37% in)
  • All right, I see that you're set on having me work for you, and you know you can get me, for anything you say, you don't have to sign any million-dollar contract, look at this room, you know you've got me, so why shouldn't you tell me the truth?
    2.11 — Part 2 Chapter 11 (42% in)
  • # On November 3 Hopton Stoddard filed suit against Howard Roark for breach of contract and malpractice, asking damages; he asked a sum sufficient to have the Temple altered by another architect.
    2.12 — Part 2 Chapter 12 (10% in)
  • But, after all, Mr. Wynand, I have a contract.
    3.1 — Part 3 Chapter 1 (99% in)
  • When we come back, you'll be free to return to your husband—with the contract for Stoneridge.
    3.3 — Part 3 Chapter 3 (49% in)
  • Here is the contract for Stoneridge.
    3.5 — Part 3 Chapter 5 (5% in)
  • It is in addition to what you will receive for your work under the contract.
    3.5 — Part 3 Chapter 5 (5% in)
  • He extended the contract across the desk.
    3.5 — Part 3 Chapter 5 (6% in)
  • Stoneridge was the last contract signed by the firm of Francon & Keating.
    3.6 — Part 3 Chapter 6 (**% in)
  • Her costly contract was bought off—it had three more years to run—and she was told never to enter the Banner Building again for any purpose whatsoever.
    3.8 — Part 3 Chapter 8 (31% in)
  • But it could not have been that—because he signed a contract to build the Monadnock Valley summer resort, two days later.
    4.1 — Part 4 Chapter 1 (35% in)
  • Do you want me to draw up a contract?
    4.2 — Part 4 Chapter 2 (53% in)
  • I wish to sign a contract whereby you will be sole architect for any building I undertake to erect in the future.
    4.3 — Part 4 Chapter 3 (62% in)
  • Now don't mention your contract or any particular clause of it.
    4.4 — Part 4 Chapter 4 (99% in)
  • He signed the advertising contract with Kream-O Pudding—for five years, on the entire Wynand chain, two full pages in every paper every Sunday.
    4.5 — Part 4 Chapter 5 (6% in)
  • It makes everything easier—the people, the editorials, the contracts—but easier because it hurts so much.
    4.5 — Part 4 Chapter 5 (11% in)
  • Ellsworth, I've been thinking of dropping my contract.
    4.6 — Part 4 Chapter 6 (69% in)
  • You'll have to get yourself an ironclad contract with your bosses and then fight every bureaucrat that comes along every five minutes for the next year or more.
    4.8 — Part 4 Chapter 8 (73% in)
  • A contract between us, stating the terms of our agreement A copy for each of us.
    4.8 — Part 4 Chapter 8 (74% in)
  • Since spring, he had brought to Roark's office the contracts for a yacht club on the Hudson, an office building, two private residences.
    4.9 — Part 4 Chapter 9 (74% in)
  • When Keating invoked his contract, he was told: "All right, go ahead, try to sue the government.
    4.12 — Part 4 Chapter 12 (32% in)
  • It was his contract with Roark.
    4.14 — Part 4 Chapter 14 (28% in)
  • He had flown to Chicago in a last attempt to hold a national advertiser who had refused to renew a three-million-dollar contract.
    4.15 — Part 4 Chapter 15 (2% in)
  • Buy off Harding's contract.
    4.15 — Part 4 Chapter 15 (8% in)
  • Practical men deal in bank accounts, real estate, advertising contracts and gilt-edged securities.
    4.15 — Part 4 Chapter 15 (23% in)
  • It was not the sight, but the greater terror of an implication grasped by his instinct: this civilized building—secure in the neatness of waxed floors, respectable with the strict grooming of modern business, a place where one dealt in such rational matters as written words and trade contracts, where one accepted ads for baby garments and chatted about golf—had become, in the span of a few days, a place where one carried bloody refuse through the halls.
    4.15 — Part 4 Chapter 15 (50% in)
  • Homer Slottern, in the name of a group who called themselves the liberal businessmen, sent Wynand a notice canceling their advertising contracts.
    4.15 — Part 4 Chapter 15 (56% in)
  • Yes, Slottern and his bunch are willing to come back at once, all they ask is that we accept the Union's demands, and they'll pick up the balance of their contracts, on the old terms, even without waiting for you to rebuild circulation—which will be some job, friend, let me tell you—and I think that's pretty white of them.
    4.16 — Part 4 Chapter 16 (10% in)
  • The streets were contracting, walls drawing closer together.
    4.16 — Part 4 Chapter 16 (85% in)
  • He attended to advertising contracts, expenses, accounts.
    4.17 — Part 4 Chapter 17 (13% in)
  • He had a contract with his employers.
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (83% in)
  • Your contract to design the Wynand Building.
    4.19 — Part 4 Chapter 19 (72% in)
  • If you are prepared to comply with these conditions, please read the contract and sign it.
    4.19 — Part 4 Chapter 19 (82% in)
  • He picked up his copy of the contract, folded it and put it, with a precise gesture, into his inside coat pocket.
    4.19 — Part 4 Chapter 19 (95% in)

There are no more uses of "contract" in The Fountainhead.

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