constrict

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v constrict become tight or as if tight "Her throat constricted"
    • v constrict squeeze or press together "she compressed her lips","the spasm contracted the muscle"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Constrict To draw together; to render narrower or smaller; to bind; to cramp; to contract or cause to shrink. "Such things as constrict the fibers.""Membranous organs inclosing a cavity which their contraction serves to constrict ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • constrict To draw together in any part or at any point by internal force or action; contract; cause shrinkage or diminution of bulk, volume, or capacity in: as, to constrict a canal or a duet.
    • constrict To compress in one part by external force; squeeze; bind; cramp.
    • constrict Same as constricted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Constrict kon-strikt′ to press together: to contract: to cramp
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. constrictus, p. p. of constringere,. See Constrain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. constringĕre, constrictum.

Usage

In literature:

They began to constrict and wind tighter around him.
"The Red Hell of Jupiter" by Paul Ernst
Conger felt his heart constrict.
"The Skull" by Philip K. Dick
CONSTRICTION OF A MEMBER BY THE NAVEL STRING.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Then he tossed aside his rough tools and set out for the less constricted fields of the East.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The constriction of her cunt, the delight of feeling her pleasure increased my stiffness.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
The notochord seems to have been slightly constricted by the intercentra, but not interrupted.
"A New Order of Fishlike Amphibia From the Pennsylvanian of Kansas" by Theodore H. Eaton
A horrible constriction fastened on his breast, so that he could scarcely draw breath.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
She was ever about to shriek, but no sound came from her constricted throat.
"The Little Regiment" by Stephen Crane
Rick felt the warning constriction that told him he had only minutes left.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The exterior keel does not extend on to this disc, which is slightly constricted at its origin.
"A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 1 of 2)" by Charles Darwin
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In poetry:

You gaze upon me speechless, dumb.
The sorrow that constricts
Your throat no utterance gives, to tell
What 'tis your heart afflicts.
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
The air is alive with voices, the loving whisper,
The rodent screams at neck-constricting hand,
Gulls' earthless wail and dank watchers' laughter.
Always the wind whistles through teeth of sand.
"Merthymawr" by George Woodcock
O monstrous world, where innocent children jostle
Fiends from the pit! where snakes constrict the throstle,
Singing of Paradise! infuse the fire,
And gloat upon her pangs till she expire
Her music foundering in confusion dire!
"De Profundis" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel

In news:

Italian Painter's Seemingly Simple Works Reflect a Constricted.
The hot, dry conditions are wilting lawns and gardens all over the St Louis area, but in some communities the dry, constricting soil is causing another problem -- broken water mains.
To Be Constricted by a Python.
The title of this lecture is Constriction and Creativity: Tradition and Innovation in Bluegrass Music.
It's London, 1903, when life is suddenly modern but societal expectations still constrict.
Whereupon everyone who'd been listening became constricted with uncontrollable laughter.
Twitter is going to court over its recent decision to raise revenue by constricting access to its data stream to third party businesses and developers.
Other novels by Mr Saramago, a Portuguese writer who is (neither incidentally nor constrictingly) a Communist , create a dehumanizing institution as their target.
Concerns surrounding Mike Brown's Princeton-based offense involved whether it constricted the Lakers' talent.
An enlarged prostate makes urination difficult by constricting the urinary tract.
It may be the salvation of the ethnic enclave as barriers continue to constrict the historic neighborhood.
Today I read this, which also encouraged me on this constricted Lenten pathway (Ron Roheiser, via Phil Ewing).
So when you watch the slow, constricted life-memory unfold, keeps those things in mind.
A discernible connection to past records remains, but it is not constricting.
Virginia doesn't track or regulate ownership of venomous snakes, constricting snakes or primates .
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In science:

Parts of the sample are etched (thick lines in Fig. 8 inset) so that the 2DES is separated into three regions which are connected by two narrow constrictions (point-contacts).
Flatland Electrons in High Magnetic Fields
The distance between the two constrictions, L, is chosen to be smaller than or of the order of the mean-free-path of the electrons.
Flatland Electrons in High Magnetic Fields
Ballistic electrons are then injected from the lower-left section to the upper section through the “injector” constriction by passing a current between the ohmic contacts marked +I and -I.
Flatland Electrons in High Magnetic Fields
Many works deal with the study of flowing foams (velocity profiles, bubble deformations) in a Couette geometry [7, 8] or through a constriction .
Dense bubble flow in a silo: an unusual flow of a dispersed medium
We study a tunneling geometry defined by a single point-contact constriction that brings to close vicinity two points sitting at the same edge of a quantum Hall liquid, shortening the trip between the otherwise spatially separated points along the normal chiral edge path.
"Wormhole" geometry for entrapping topologically-protected qubits in non-Abelian quantum Hall states and probing them with voltage and noise measurements
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