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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - The act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope; (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber); A word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds.

Usage examples (38)
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