What does the word contraction mean?

Usage examples for contraction

  1. A more important fact is that, as far as I know, extreme contraction of the pupils is not a symptom of sleeping sickness. – The Mystery of 31 New Inn by R. Austin Freeman
  2. The frown on the brow and the contraction of the features, just then, surely did not come from pain. – Barren Honour: A Novel by George A. Lawrence
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