One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the contraction of industry’
shrinking, reduction in size, shrinkage
decline, decrease, diminution, dwindling
North American downtick
2‘neurons control the contraction of muscles’
tightening, tensing, flexing, constricting
spasm, convulsion, clench
3‘her contractions started just after midnight’
labour pains, labour
Braxton Hicks contractions
4‘‘goodbye’ is a contraction of ‘God be with you’’
abbreviation, short form, shortened form, elision
technical crasis, syneresis
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