constringe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v constringe become tight or as if tight "Her throat constricted"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Constringe To dawn together; to contract; to force to contract itself; to constrict; to cause to shrink. "Strong liquors . . . intoxicate, constringe , harden the fibers, and coagulate the fluids."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • constringe To cause constriction in; constrict or cause to contract or pucker; astringe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Constringe kon-strinj′ to draw together: to cause to contract
    • v.i Constringe to contract
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. constringere,. See onstrain

Usage

In literature:

Sanctified folks are the cleverest skinners in all Christendom, and their Jordan tans and constringes us to the averdupoise of mummies.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXVIII. February, 1843. Vol. LIII." by Various
By constringing the capillaries.
"Every Man his own Doctor" by R. T. Claridge
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