from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the quality of contracting, binding, or compressing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the quality of contracting, binding, or compressing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Causing constriction; having the quality of constricting, contracting, or puckering; extremely astringent.


Latin constringens, present participle. (Wiktionary)


  • You think I will not strew constringent objects to see how you are effected?

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  • Please email me a constringent file which contains all the lecture slides, notes and syllabus for this course.

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  • For that the cold of water is naturally constringent is evident from snow, which keeps flesh from corrupting a long time.

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  • The antecedent causes of gout, Gilbert tells us, are a heat too solvent, cold too constringent (f. 311 c), sometimes a strong bath or a severe journey in a plethoric person (_in plectorico_), again excessive coitus after a full meal (_satietatem_), or even habitual excess, by which the joints are weakened and deprived of their natural heat and subtile moisture.

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  • It is by way of introducing a constringent principal into a mass of amorphic particles, that Plato proclaims that these friends will have all things in common; and, challenged by the questions of his companions in the dialogue to say how far he will be ready to go in the application of so paradoxical a rule, he braces himself to a surprising degree of consistency.

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  • Winter binds our strengthened bodies in a cold embrace constringent.

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