What is the difference between contract and shrimp?

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As nouns the difference between contract and shrimp

is that contract is an agreement between two or more parties, to perform a specific job or work order, often temporary or of fixed duration and usually governed by a written agreement while shrimp is any of many swimming, often edible crustaceans, with slender legs, long whiskers and long abdomens.

As verbs the difference between contract and shrimp

is that contract is to draw together or nearer; to shorten, narrow, or lessen while shrimp is to fish for shrimp or shrimp can be to contract; to shrink.

As a adjective contract

is (obsolete) contracted; affianced; betrothed.


Etymology 1

From (etyl), from (etyl) contract, from (etyl) contractum, past participle of .


(en noun)
  • An agreement between two or more parties, to perform a specific job or work order, often temporary or of fixed duration and usually governed by a written agreement.
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  • (legal) An agreement which the law will enforce in some way. A legally binding contract must contain at least one promise, i.e., a commitment or offer, by an offeror to and accepted by an offeree to do something in the future. A contract is thus executory rather than executed.
  • (legal) A part of legal studies dealing with laws and jurisdiction related to contracts.
  • (informal) An order, usually given to a hired assassin, to kill someone.
  • (bridge) The declarer's undertaking to win the number of tricks bid with a stated suit as trump.
  • Hypernyms
    * (agreement that is legally binding) agreement
    * (agreement that is legally binding) bailment
    Derived terms
    * contractual * fixed-term contract * contract of employment


  • (obsolete) Contracted; affianced; betrothed.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (obsolete) Not abstract; concrete.
  • * Robert Recorde, , 1557:
  • But now in eche kinde of these, there are certaine nombers named Ab?tracte'': and other called nombers ''Contracte .

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) contracter, from (etyl) contractum, past participle of . the verb developed after the noun, and originally meant only "draw together"; the sense "make a contract with" developed later.


    (en verb)
  • (ambitransitive) To draw together or nearer; to shorten, narrow, or lessen.
  • The snail's body contracted into its shell.
    to contract one's sphere of action
  • * Wordsworth
  • Years contracting to a moment.
  • * Dr. H. More
  • In all things desuetude doth contract and narrow our faculties.
  • (grammar) To shorten by omitting a letter or letters or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one.
  • The word "cannot" is often contracted into "can't".
  • To enter into a contract with. (rfex)
  • To enter into, with mutual obligations; to make a bargain or covenant for.
  • * Hakluyt
  • We have contracted an inviolable amity, peace, and league with the aforesaid queen.
  • * Strype
  • Many persons prohibited by law.
  • To make an agreement or contract; to covenant; to agree; to bargain.
  • to contract for carrying the mail
  • To bring on; to incur; to acquire.
  • She contracted the habit of smoking in her teens.
    to contract a debt
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Each from each contract new strength and light.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • Such behaviour we contract by having much conversed with persons of high stature.
  • To gain or acquire (an illness).
  • * 1999 , Davidson C. Umeh, Protect Your Life: A Health Handbook for Law Enforcement Professionals (page 69)
  • An officer contracted hepatitis B and died after handling the blood-soaked clothing of a homicide victim
  • To draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Thou didst contract and purse thy brow.
  • To betroth; to affiance.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The truth is, she and I, long since contracted , / Are now so sure, that nothing can dissolve us.
    * (lessen) abate, decrease, lessen, reduce * (shorten) shorten, shrink * catch, get
    * (lessen) increase, expand * (shorten) grow, lengthen



    (wikipedia shrimp)

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English ).


  • Any of many swimming, often edible crustaceans, chiefly of the infraorder Caridea or the suborder Dendrobranchiata, with slender legs, long whiskers and a long abdomen.
  • * 1851 , "A Lady of Charleston" (Sarah Rutledge), The Carolina Housewife , 2013, unnumbered page,
  • Butter well a deep dish, upon which place a thick layer of pounded biscuit; having picked and boiled your shrimps', put them upon the biscuit; a layer of ' shrimps , with small pieces of butter, a little pepper, mace or nutmeg.
  • * 1998 , Claude E. Boyd, Pond Aquaculture Water Quality Management , page 605,
  • Shrimp' farming is in its infancy in Africa. but Asia has most of the world's ' shrimp farms.
  • * 2011 , Will Holtham, Home Port Cookbook: Beloved Recipes from Martha's Vineyard , page 142,
  • America's favorite seafood, shrimp' has always been a big seller at the Home Port. On any given day, we usually served around 40 to 50 pounds of ' shrimp .
  • * 2004 , Gary C. B. Poore, Shane T. Ahyong, Marine Decapod Crustacea of Southern Australia: A Guide to Identification , page 145,
  • Most shrimps' belong to one of several families of the Infraorder Caridea (Chapter 4). However, coral ' shrimps and Venus shrimps are so different from the rest that a separate infraorder is warranted.
  • (uncountable) The flesh of such crustaceans.
  • (slang) A small, puny or unimportant person.
  • Synonyms


    (en verb)
  • To fish for shrimp .
  • * 1986 , The Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America , page 454,
  • Fishing, shrimping and crabbing are permitted on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:.
  • * 1996 , Anthony V. Margavio, Caught in the Net: The Conflict Between Shrimpers and Conservationists , page 24,
  • Although the line is not always sharply drawn, offshore shrimping' and inshore ' shrimping require different strategies.
  • * 2007 , Jerry Wayne Caines, A Caines Family Tradition: A Native Son's Story of Fishing, Hunting and Duck Decoys in the Lowcountry , page 86,
  • There were times we shrimped' in the same boat due to breakdowns and such, but for the most part we each had our own separate boat. We started out using outboard motor boats. However, ' shrimping with an outboard is pretty hard.

    Etymology 2

    Compare (etyl) , (etyl) schrumpfen.