Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Drawn together; compressed or contracted; straitened; cramped: as, the middle of an hour-glass is constricted. Specifically— In botany and medicine, contracted or tightened so as to be smaller in some parts than in others: as, a constricted pod; a constricted urethra.
- In entomology: Suddenly and disproportionally more slender tn any part: as, an abdomen constricted in the middle. Much more slender than the neighboring parts: as, a constricted joint of the antenna.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of constrict.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Drawn together; bound; contracted; cramped.
- adj. (Bot.) Contracted or compressed so as to be smaller in certain places or parts than in others.
- adj. drawn together or squeezed physically or by extension psychologically
- adj. especially tense; especially in some dialects
“Suddenly everything looked different, including our own personal dramas that often keep us stuck in constricted places and keep us from seeing the bigger picture.”
“Is India "constricted" because we have adopted "old standards" like HTML and Unicode?”
“Afterward, though, as Wendell Berry noted in his 1975 essay, "The Specialization of Poetry," poets then receded into the fields, quads, and coffeehouses of an isolated and "constricted" art.”
“The Badianus Manuscript, an indigenous herbal written in the mid-sixteenth century, recommends a strong purge for "oppression of the chest," an ailment that makes one feel "constricted" by a "certain fullness" in the chest area. 9”
“The prosecution lawyers objected, saying they should not be 'constricted' and that the defense would have every chance to cross-examine the witnesses anyway.”
“With this kind of constricted social base, it will be difficult for Muslim women to make use of any legislation based on affirmative action.”
““No, but Jack—” her voice constricted with weeping.”
“His dialog is much more appropriate for Fox News or other news media with constricted views.”
“Italy was left with an increasingly constricted economy that has grown at less than 1% on average per year in the last decade.”
“Found my throat severely constricted and myself gasping to get air.”
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