from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Capable of contraction
  • adj. (of a topological set) Able to be reduced to one of its points by a continuous deformation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of contraction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of contraction.


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  • "In regard to the pure question of the sufficiency of your salary, they hint in the kindest manner that all expenditures are contractible as well as extensible.

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