Definition of contraction:

part of speech: noun

Shrinking; shortening; thing contracted.

part of speech: noun

Act of contracting: a word shortened by rejecting a part of it.

part of speech: noun

The act of drawing together; shrinkage; act of acquiring; the shortening of a word, or two words, by the cutting out of a letter or letters, as can't for cannot.

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To cut or shave off the outside or ends of; as, to pare an apple; to cut away little by little; reduce. ...