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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that agrees to furnish materials or perform services at a specified price, especially for construction work.
  • n. Something, especially a muscle, that contracts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who executes the building or improving of buildings.
  • n. A person or company that performs specific tasks like electrical or plumbing work in construction projects.
  • n. A person or company hired to maintain existing facilities like air conditioning systems, groundskeeping, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who contracts; one of the parties to a bargain; one who covenants to do anything for another; specifically, one who contracts to perform work on a rather large scale, at a certain price or rate, as in building houses or making a railroad.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who contracts; one of the parties to a contract, bargain, or agreement; one who covenants with another to do or to refrain from doing a particular thing.
  • n. Specifically One who contracts or covenants, either with a government or other public body or with private parties, to furnish supplies, or to construct works or erect buildings, or to perform any work or service, at a certain price or rate: as, a paving-contractor; a labor-contractor.
  • n. A muscle which contracts or lessens the size of a part; a constrictor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone (a person or firm) who contracts to build things
  • n. a bodily organ that contracts
  • n. (law) a party to a contract
  • n. the bridge player in contract bridge who wins the bidding and can declare which suit is to be trumps

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