Translation of contraction in Spanish:


contracción, n.

Pronunciation: /kənˈtrækʃ(ə)n//kənˈtrakʃ(ə)n/


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    • 1.1(decrease in size, length)

      contracción feminine
      • It was only in recent years, following the renationalisation of 1967 and the subsequent contraction of the industry, that the organisation proved to be a success.
      • This is explained by the heavy decline in total export revenues during 1986 and severe contraction in the Jordanian export commodities other than phosphate.
      • However, surges in the trade deficit need not cause general economic contraction if they are accompanied by growth of demand from other sources.
      • The consumer price index suffered its first contraction in 16 years last year, largely due to lower food and clothing prices.
      • This was the first contraction in this industry since 1976.
      • He said that the world's main economies have suffered the biggest contraction in industrial output since 1975.
      • The state managed further contraction under the Cotton Industry Act, only large integrated multinational firms surviving by 1990.
      • In this departure from the norm one was able to identify the possible source of a severe future economic contraction when the asset bubble burst.
      • The longer the economy continues to persist without any economic and market contraction, the more severe the crisis will be once it occurs.
      • The ongoing contraction of manufacturing industry and low inflation are seen as further arguments for a fresh cut.
      • They have not yet succeeded in skipping over the inevitable contraction of the business cycle, but they have succeeded in worsening its severity and length and delaying sound recovery.
      • If both these processes of diversification and contraction take place simultaneously, then there may be, at the level of the organization as a whole, a structural shift of momentous dimensions.
      • But in historical terms, the economic contraction is not as severe as some would have us believe.
      • Is the severe contraction of certain major components of the governmental institution abidingly new?
      • That's an improvement from six months ago, when the board's forecasts ranged from a 1.1 percent contraction to 0.1 percent growth.
      • Moreover, the City in particular is suffering the worst contraction for a generation.
      • The American industry has so far avoided the kind of painful contraction that the European steelworkers suffered in the last two decades.
      • As the inevitable consolidation process proceeds in response to the many pressures that the industry faces, job contraction may be inevitable.
      • Mr Wall said that the firm's success during the continuing contraction of the textiles industry had come from attention to flexibility and customer service as well as ensuring the high quality of low quantity orders.
      • The severe economic contraction that began in the summer of 1937 seems to have brought the New Deal's legislative activism to a halt.

    • 1.2(in childbirth)

      contracción feminine
      • The day after the tub arrived, at 35 weeks, I began having contractions.
      • All patients were continuously monitored for fetal heart rate and uterine contractions.
      • During labour, epidural anaesthetic can make the contractions less strong.
      • James Harding was driving his partner, Jody Marchington, to Stockport's Stepping Hill Hospital when she started having contractions with three miles to go.
      • She started having contractions and went to hospital while Boris stayed in the hotel and drank.
      • For example, it is suggested that lower doses cause more contraction of the womb, and higher doses have a more spasmodic effect and decrease the rate of contraction.
      • I had been having contractions most of the week and so I wasn't really expecting anything.
      • She started having contractions this morning and I really wanted you to go to the hospital with me!
      • I was having contractions still, but I wasn't dilated all the way, so it was still OK for everyone to be in the room, even Joey.
      • Such drugs increase the force and duration of uterine contractions.
      • While Doris sat having contractions in the car, George played lifesaver.
      • I started having contractions Saturday morning; my baby was at 36 weeks.
      • But at 10 am she began having contractions and husband Paul took her to Airedale Hospital.
      • On the journey I was having contractions and clinging to the car.
      • Cloves are even useful as a stimulant to strengthen uterine muscle contractions during childbirth.
      • Last Friday afternoon, her waters broke and she started having contractions, even though she was two months before her due date.
      • It was shock more than anything because one minute I was having contractions and the next minute she was here.
      • We had talked about what we would do if the twins arrived early but I was shell-shocked when the nurse said I was having contractions.
      • I was having contractions, but only every 10 minutes so I thought she would be a long way off arriving.
      • But about 12.15 pm she started having contractions at their home in Moorhill Road.

    • 1.3Linguistics

      contracción feminine
      • You know you're struggling when you go back through the chapter to expand out some contractions to make your word count for the day…
      • The brief was to produce a complete story in 100 words, exactly, not counting the title, and allowing contractions as one word.
      • It's a classic, and ‘shouldn't've’ is such a wonderful contraction.
      • Bios here is a contraction of the word biosphere.
      • I can't resist stopping for one brief second to point out that the word holiday is merely a contraction of the words holy day.
      • It's just a dubious contraction of the word ‘fabulous’.
      • The contraction of a phrase, word, or part of a word, has the analogy of a telescope being closed: biodegradable for biologically degradable; sitcom for situation comedy.
      • People called him Titch, a contraction of his surname, but, truth be told, he was also titchy, the shortest boy in the whole school.
      • How do you mime the archaic exclamation ‘Zounds’, a contraction of ‘God's wounds’?
      • Twelve months ago, few of us had ever heard the term - a contraction of Web log - even though blogs had existed in one form or another since at least 1997.
      • The use of an apostrophe here indicates a contraction of ‘it is’ or ‘it has,’ which would make little sense in the context of this banner.
      • Often the file extension name is a contraction of a word which describes the file, for example, ‘.txt’ is short for text.
      • Another common mistake is to confuse it's and its, the former being a contraction of it is and the latter a possessive pronoun.
      • To show you how far down that slick slope we've slid, lexicographically speaking, consider that quaint contraction ain't.
      • Yes, since time immemorial, either/or have been as close as two words can get without contraction.

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    (of debt, disease)
    contracción feminine formal