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  • adj. Able to contract; contractile

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to contract; having the property or power or power of contracting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to contract.


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  • On recent conference calls, we told you about our decision to increase near-term contractive positions to add predictability to adjusted EBITDA. Home Page

  • Macrobiotics categorizes foods as "expansive" or "contractive" -- the yin and yang, respectively, of macrobiotic eating.


  • This is a contractive strategy in general, but gives prominence to the Asia-Pacific region.

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  • Foods that grow downward into the earth, like carrots, are dense and contractive.

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  • This concept of Umtrieb is worth reflecting on, since it refers not to any specific drive such as eros or thanatos, to take Žižek's narrower gloss on the expansive and contractive forces, but to the very structure of drive as a

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  • As such the annular drive conditions all specific drives, and outlines a space for history very different from the "electromagnetic orgasm" that is Martin Wallen's topological figure for the relation between expansive and contractive forces in Schelling's "cosmic history"

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  • The cold pulls out toxins in the contractive phase and the heat brings blood and nutrients in the expansive phase.

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  • In the mean-velocity Doppler model, the blueshift acceleration experienced by the travelling photon is essentially the same contractive gravitational acceleration experienced by the galaxies in the Hubble Flow, so the photon does not experience any gravitational time dilation which differs from the underlying time dilation inherent in the FLRW metric.

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  • But he argues that the West, far from a monolithic bulwark against "diversity," is "the mongrel civilization par excellence"; the systole and diastole of contractive monoculturalism and expansive multiculturalism are its heartbeat.

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  • The spirits are simply the expansive and ghosts, the contractive forces of the world.

    Japanese Confucian Philosophy


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