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CONTRACTION. An abbreviation; a mode of writing or printing by which some of the letters of a word are omitted. See Abbreviations.

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A broad wheal from an old scar ran right across it from eye to chin, and by its contraction had turned up one side of the upper lip, so that three teeth were exposed in a perpetual snarl.
There was a slight contraction of the forehead, an ominous glitter in his steel grey eyes.
His muscles were set as hard as a board in the most exaggerated rigor mortis, while the contraction of the fibres had drawn his mouth into a hard sardonic grin.
Behind every steel-like contraction of a muscle, lay another steel-like contraction, and another, and another, apparently without end.
Old Sharon burst into a fierce laugh--a laugh strangely accompanied by a frowning contraction of his eyebrows, and a frightful exhibition of the whole inside of his mouth.
A nervous contraction at one corner of her mouth drew up the lips out of the symmetrically right line, when, they moved.
They are in a state of extreme contraction, far exceeding the usual rigor mortis.
A violent contraction of the lunar crust, while cooling, might suffice to imprint this gigantic star.
These clouds, or blushes as they may be called, are said to be produced by the alternate expansion and contraction of minute vesicles containing variously coloured fluids.
Pierre, give me the coffee," she said, addressing Petritsky, whom she called as a contraction of his surname, making no secret of her relations with him.
Mrs Clennam, with a deep contraction of her brows, was looking at him.
Now, whether a peculiar contraction of the Jew's red eye-brows, and a half closing of his deeply-set eyes, warned Miss Nancy that she was disposed to be too communicative, is not a matter of much importance.