from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Capable of contracting or causing contraction: Muscle is a contractile tissue.
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- adj. Capable of contracting, or of being contracted.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. tending to contract; having the power or property of contracting, or of shrinking into shorter or smaller dimensions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Susceptible of contraction; having the property of contracting or shrinking into a smaller compass or length: as, contractile muscles or fibers. Producing contraction; capable of shortening or making smaller.
- Specifically In entomology, capable of being doubled in close to the lower surface of the thorax, and fitting into grooves so as to be hardly distinguishable from the general surface: said of the legs, etc., of insects.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. capable of contracting or being contracted
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