• Marriage contract. Neapolitan group
    Marriage contract. Neapolitan group
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v contract be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness "He got AIDS","She came down with pneumonia","She took a chill"
    • v contract become smaller or draw together "The fabric shrank","The balloon shrank"
    • v contract reduce in scope while retaining essential elements "The manuscript must be shortened"
    • v contract make or become more narrow or restricted "The selection was narrowed","The road narrowed"
    • v contract compress or concentrate "Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan"
    • v contract enter into a contractual arrangement
    • v contract make smaller "The heat contracted the woollen garment"
    • v contract squeeze or press together "she compressed her lips","the spasm contracted the muscle"
    • v contract engage by written agreement "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
    • n contract a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid
    • n contract a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
    • n contract (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Armadillos along with humans are the other creatures that can contract leprosy.
    • Contract A formal writing which contains the agreement of parties, with the terms and conditions, and which serves as a proof of the obligation.
    • a Contract kŏn*trăkt" Contracted; affianced; betrothed.
    • a Contract kŏn"trăkt Contracted; as, a contract verb.
    • Contract The act of formally betrothing a man and woman. "This is the the night of the contract ."
    • Contract (Law) The agreement of two or more persons, upon a sufficient consideration or cause, to do, or to abstain from doing, some act; an agreement in which a party undertakes to do, or not to do, a particular thing; a formal bargain; a compact; an interchange of legal rights.
    • Contract To be drawn together so as to be diminished in size or extent; to shrink; to be reduced in compass or in duration; as, iron contracts in cooling; a rope contracts when wet. "Years contracting to a moment."
    • Contract To betroth; to affiance. "The truth is, she and I, long since contracted ,
      Are now so sure, that nothing can dissolve us."
    • Contract To bring on; to incur; to acquire; as, to contract a habit; to contract a debt; to contract a disease. "Each from each contract new strength and light.""Such behavior we contract by having much conversed with persons of high station."
    • Contract To draw together or nearer; to reduce to a less compass; to shorten, narrow, or lessen; as, to contract one's sphere of action. "In all things desuetude doth contract and narrow our faculties."
    • Contract To draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit. "Thou didst contract and purse thy brow."
    • Contract To enter into, with mutual obligations; to make a bargain or covenant for. "We have contracted an inviolable amity, peace, and lague with the aforesaid queen.""Many persons . . . had contracted marriage within the degrees of consanguinity . . . prohibited by law."
    • Contract To make an agreement; to covenant; to agree; to bargain; as, to contract for carrying the mail.
    • Contract (Gram) To shorten by omitting a letter or letters or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Hyenas can comsume prey carrying anthrax without contracting the disease itself
    • contract To draw together or closer; draw into a smaller compass, either by compression or by the omission of parts; shorten; abridge; condense; narrow; lessen: as, to contract a space or an inclosure; to contract the period of life; to contract a word or an essay.
    • contract To draw the parts of together; wrinkle; pucker.
    • contract In grammar, to shorten by combination of concurrent vowels into one long vowel or a diphthong.
    • contract To betroth; affiance.
    • contract To make, settle, or establish by contract or agreement.
    • contract To acquire, as by habit, use, or contagion; gain by accretion or variation; bring on; incur: as, to contract vicious habits by indulgence; to contract debt by extravagance; to contract disease.
    • contract To be drawn together; be reduced in compass; become smaller, shorter, or narrower; shrink.
    • contract To make a bargain; enter into an agreement or engagement; covenant: as, to contract for a load of flour; to contract to carry the mail.
    • contract To bind one's self by promise of marriage.
    • contract Synonyms Diminish, Dwindle, etc. See decrease.
    • contract Condensed; brief.
    • contract Concrete.
    • contract Contracted; affianced; betrothed.
    • n contract A drawing together; mutual attraction; attractive force.
    • n contract An agreement between two or more parties for the doing or the not doing of some definite thing. Parsons, Contracts, I. 6. See def. 5.
    • n contract Specifically Betrothal.
    • n contract The writing which contains the agreement of parties, with the terms and conditions, and which serves as evidence of the obligation.
    • n contract Specifically, in law, an interchange of legal rights by agreement. In the most general sense, any agreement or obligation whereby one party becomes bound to another, whether by record or judgment, or by assent, or even impliedly, to do or to omit to do an act. In this sense it is used in contradistinction to obligations arising out of torts or wrongs.
    • n contract A written contract specifying in detail what is to be done, as a building-contract with specifications.
    • n contract A contracted word; a contraction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word 'byte' is a contraction of 'by eight.'
    • v.t Contract kon-trakt′ to draw together: to lessen: to shorten: to acquire: to incur: to bargain for: to betroth
    • v.i Contract to shrink: to become less
    • n Contract an agreement on fixed terms: a bond: a betrothment: the writing containing an agreement
    • ***


  • Jonathan Swift
    “The latter part of a wise person's life is occupied with curing the follies, prejudices and false opinions they contracted earlier.”
  • Ira Gershwin
    Ira Gershwin
    “What usually comes first is the contract.”
  • Samuel Goldwyn
    “A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted; and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved.”
  • Lord Melbourne
    “The whole duty of government is to prevent crime and to preserve contracts.”
  • Dalton Trumbo
    Dalton Trumbo
    “Bankers, nepotists, contracts and talkies: on four fingers one may count the leeches which have sucked a young and vigorous industry into paresis.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. contractus, p. p. of contrahere, to contract; con-, + trahere, to draw: cf. F. contracter,. See Trace, and cf. Contract (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. contractuscon, together, trahĕre, to draw.


In literature:

What's the matter with turning his contract up and going over to fill oat bags for me?
"Thurston of Orchard Valley" by Harold Bindloss
I've been trying for months to land the overcoat contract for my house and last week I finally got things lined up.
"Alex the Great" by H. C. Witwer
In the great majority she may make contracts and bring suit.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Immediately afterward the empty womb contracts strongly and gradually recovers its former size.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
The female contracts spasmodically, but does not attempt to move.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
From all directions it came, contracting as though it were being squeezed beneath us.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
By finding myself bound through a contract that obliges me to do such and such a thing, I do not renounce my liberty.
"Anarchism and Socialism" by George Plechanoff
Hincks returned to Canada with a tentative contract in his pocket.
"The Railway Builders" by Oscar D. Skelton
Again, fifteen families made a contract with a company near Fresno, California.
"A Stake in the Land" by Peter Alexander Speek
The ventricles contract quicker and more forcibly than the auricles, and they are three times longer in dilating than contracting.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter

In poetry:

Quite dead, and looking it, and yet
All eagerness to show
The Social-Contract forgeries
By Chatterton - Rousseau -
"The Old Chimaeras. Old Receipts" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But when the parish dustman came,
His rubbish to withdraw,
He found more dust within the heap
Than he contracted for!
"Tim Turpin" by Thomas Hood
Yes! 'twas a transcendent power
Which, from earth's contracted whole,
Gave to heaven a worthy dower,
Gave an ever-living soul.
"Resurrection" by John Bowring
'And vowed at a chancel-altar nigh,
With book and ring, a lifelong tie;
A contract vain
To the world, but real to Him on High.'
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy
The red advance of life
Contracts pride, calls out the common blood,
Beats song into a single-blade,
Makes a depth-charge of grief.
"The Conflict" by Cecil Day Lewis
Helpless, ruin'd, left forlorn,
Lovely Alice wept alone;
Mourn'd o'er love's fond contract torn,
Hope, and peace, and honour flown.
"Frederick and Alice" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

Republican presidential nominee Sen John McCain reignited the long-running debate over cost-plus contracting when he said he would prohibit the government's use of the contracts if he is elected president.
Budget cuts will press agencies to consolidate contracts to save time and money, say contracting experts.
About 1,000 of the unions' electrical workers at CL&P have been working under an expired contract since the beginning of June, and about 400 union electricians at Yankee Gas have worked with an expired contract for more than five months.
Back-to-Back Months in Contraction Territory The second straight month of ISM readings in contraction territory is not a good sign for the manufacturing sector or the broader economy but it does not portend imminent recession either.
Foreign employees in the UAE are entitled to a gratuity , or severance pay, when their contracts are terminated - upon completing a contract or resigning from a job.
Avure Technologies, Inc recently announced that its Vasteras Sweden operating unit has been awarded a contract to build the world's largest hot isostatic press (HIP) by Kinzoku Giken Co. Ltd, a Japan-based contract processor.
And, so, the essence of Keynes in that sense is, economy, because of uncertainty, has the propensity to occasionally contract and maybe stay contracted.
The money helped finance Kurdish infrastructure and development contracts that Michaels and his business partners then contracted with the Kurdish government to build and secure.
Lackey 's contract stipulated that the board notify him by June 30 whether it planned to extend his contract, which was slated to end in June 2013.
Peralta Community College District Trustees this week will be asked this week to approve an $8 million no-bid contract to build Laney College's new art building using a controversial interpretation of the California Public Contract Code.
How much does our country spend on military contracts each year and how do the companies that win such contracts further influence that spending.
Minnesota Orchestra musicians unanimously rejected a management contract proposal this evening and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra management rejected a musicians proposal for a contract extension.
Look at the Legacy report on the weekly chart below and you can see Commercials have been dropping net longs now at 3,175 contracts and Large Spec have been dropping net shorts now at -1,696 contracts.
The only third party required to sign off on a power-of-attorney contract is a notary whose only responsibility is to verify the identities of the two people who are signing a power-of-attorney contract.
This story was corrected to state that Boeing is not pursuing the contract and to clarify the value of the contract.

In science:

Let G be the dual graph of the components of eY0 that map to M (including the curves contracted to a point on M ) and let us remove from G all the vertices of degree 0 or 1 that represent contractible curves.
A Simple Proof that Rational Curves on K3 are Nodal
In the case that Tt is a C ∗ 0 -semigroup of contractions on a von Neumann algebra A, there exists a C0 -semigroup T ∗ t of contractions on the predual A∗ which is adjoint to Tt .
Charakterizations of the Generators of Positive Semigroups on C*- and von Neumann Algebras
T Z ˜h dµ − Now, since ˜H ⊂ H, we come to the desired estimate ρH (T µ, T ν ) ≤ ΛT · ρH (µ, ν ), and thus the contraction on average yields the uniform contraction in the space of measures.
Perron-Frobenius spectrum for random maps and its approximation
The notions of exactness and resolution, equivalent in the context of a resolvent pair ([ML], p.265) to the existence of a contracting homotopy ([ML], p.265), is adapted to PQCs. A PQC is exact if it has a parity contracting homotopy in the suitable “larger” category.
The nonabelian bar resolution
Their account of revision is indirect: they describe contractions in terms of maximal non-implying sub-theories and they go on to characterize revisions, reducing revision to contraction via the Levi identity.
Distance Semantics for Belief Revision