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
Dehydration causes vessels to constrict, which is a major cause of erectile dysfunction.
Related words in English include strict, constrict, and restriction.
Thanks for the thesis there Storm – so are saying that the Federal Reserve should raise its rates (and thereby constrict lending even more)?
I'm referring specifically to Sedgwick's 1985 book, Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire, within which she articulates the homosocial attractions shared by people of the same gender to be the cement for the same-sex alliances that constrict power and privilege in all known societies.
Unfortunately, as I introduced myself, explaining that it wasn't a gardening column, my throat began to constrict, just as it had at the screening.
The ligamentum arteriosum is a remnant of a blood vessel that exists normally in the fetus; it runs between the aorta and the pulmonary artery, and in doing so completes the ring and also might constrict the trachea and/or esophagus.
As soon as the cord is clamped, the ductus venosus ceases to carry blood to the heart, and it begins to constrict within the first few hours or days of life.
The ductus arteriosus begins to constrict and is typically fully closed within 24 to 48 hours of life, and blood is now then fully directed into the lung.
Many conservative politicians in Washington D.C. are peddling false talking points that environmental regulations are "job killers" and constrict economic growth.
He walked through the projection, making the world twist and constrict.