Hypertext Webster Gateway: "contracted"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Contracted \Con*tract"ed\, a.
1. Drawn together; shrunken; wrinkled; narrow; as, a
contracted brow; a contracted noun.

2. Narrow; illiberal; selfish; as, a contracted mind;
contracted views.

3. Bargained for; betrothed; as, a contracted peace.

Inquire me out contracted bachelors. --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Contract \Con*tract"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contracted}; p. pr.
& vb. n. {Contracting}.] [L. contractus, p. p. of contrahere
to contract; con- + trahere to draw: cf. F. contracter. See
{Trace}, and cf. {Contract}, n.]
1. 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. --Dr. H. More.

2. To draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit.

Thou didst contract and purse thy brow. --Shak.

3. 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. --Swift.

4. 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. --Hakluyt.

Many persons . . . had contracted marriage within
the degrees of consanguinity . . . prohibited by
law. --Strype.

5. To betroth; to affiance.

The truth is, she and I, long since contracted, Are
now so sure, that nothing can dissolve us. --Shak.

6. (Gram.) To shorten by omitting a letter or letters or by
reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one.

Syn: To shorten; abridge; epitomize; narrow; lessen;
condense; reduce; confine; incur; assume.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : reduced in size or pulled together; "the contracted pupils
of her eyes" [ant: {expanded}]

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