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Contraction vs Truncate - What's the difference?

contraction | truncate |

As a noun contraction

is a reversible reduction in size.

As a verb truncate is

to shorten something as if by cutting off part of it.

As an adjective truncate is





(en noun)
  • A reversible reduction in size.
  • (economics) A period of economic decline or negative growth.
  • The country's economic contraction was caused by high oil prices.
  • (biology) A shortening of a muscle when it is used.
  • (medicine) A strong and often painful shortening of the uterine muscles prior to or during childbirth.
  • (linguistics) A process whereby one or more sounds of a free morpheme (a word) are lost or reduced, such that it becomes a bound morpheme (a clitic) that attaches phonologically to an adjacent word.
  • In English ''didn't'', ''that's'', and ''wanna'', the endings ''-n't'', ''-'s'', and ''-a'' arose by contraction .
  • (English orthography) A word with omitted letters replaced by an apostrophe, usually resulting from the above process.
  • "Don't" is a contraction of "do not."
  • (medicine) Contracting a disease.
  • The contraction of AIDS from toilet seats is extremely rare.
  • (phonetics) Syncope, the loss of sounds from within a word.
  • The acquisition of something, generally negative.
  • Our contraction of debt in this quarter has reduced our ability to attract investors.
  • (medicine) A distinct stage of wound healing, wherein the wound edges are gradually pulled together.
  • Antonyms

    * expansion * dilatation

    Derived terms

    * contractional * contractionary * hypercontraction * supercontraction

    See also

    * omission * *



  • To shorten something as if by cutting off part of it.
  • (mathematics) To shorten a decimal number by removing trailing (or leading) digits; to chop.
  • (geometry) To replace a corner by a plane (or to make a similar change to a crystal).
  • Synonyms

    * (mathematics) round down


  • truncated
  • (botany, anatomy) Having an abrupt termination.