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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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)



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