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

  • n. The act or process of constricting.
  • n. The condition or result of being constricted.
  • n. Something that constricts.
  • n. A feeling of tightness or pressure: Fear caused a sudden constriction in my chest.
  • n. A constricted or narrow part.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of constricting, the state of being constricted, or something that constricts
  • n. A narrow part of something; a stricture
  • n. A compression

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of constricting by means of some inherent power or by movement or change in the thing itself, as distinguished from compression.
  • n. The state of being constricted; the point where a thing is constricted; a narrowing or binding.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of constricting; the state of being constricted.
  • n. The result of constricting; a constricted or narrowed part.

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

  • n. the action or process of compressing
  • n. a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel
  • n. tight or narrow compression
  • n. a tight feeling in some part of the body


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