from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make smaller or narrower by binding or squeezing.
- transitive v. To squeeze or compress.
- transitive v. To restrict the scope or freedom of; cramp: lives constricted by poverty.
- intransitive v. To become constricted.
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- v. To narrow, especially by applying pressure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To draw together; to render narrower or smaller; to bind; to cramp; to contract or cause to shrink.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- To compress in one part by external force; squeeze; bind; cramp.
- Same as constricted.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. squeeze or press together
- v. become tight or as if tight
Latin cōnstringere, cōnstrict-, to compress; see constrain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)