• Contract Definition & Synonyms
- (v. i.) To be drawn together so as to be diminished in size or extent; to shrink; to be reduced in compass or in duration; as, iron contracts in cooling; a rope contracts when wet.
- (n.) To draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit.
- (n.) To shorten by omitting a letter or letters or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one.
- (a.) Contracted; affianced; betrothed.
- (a.) Contracted; as, a contract verb.
- (n.) To draw together or nearer; to reduce to a less compass; to shorten, narrow, or lessen; as, to contract ones sphere of action.
- (v. i.) To make an agreement; to covenant; to agree; to bargain; as, to contract for carrying the mail.
- (n.) To enter into, with mutual obligations; to make a bargain or covenant for.
- (n.) The agreement of two or more persons, upon a sufficient consideration or cause, to do, or to abstain from doing, some act; an agreement in which a party undertakes to do, or not to do, a particular thing; a formal bargain; a compact; an interchange of legal rights.
- (n.) To bring on; to incur; to acquire; as, to contract a habit; to contract a debt; to contract a disease.
- (n.) To betroth; to affiance.
- (n.) The act of formally betrothing a man and woman.
- (n.) A formal writing which contains the agreement of parties, with the terms and conditions, and which serves as a proof of the obligation.
• Contract system Definition & Synonyms
- () The sweating system.
- () The system of employing convicts by selling their labor (to be performed inside the prison) at a fixed price per day to contractors who are allowed to have agents in the prison to superintend the work.
• Contractile Definition & Synonyms
- (a.) tending to contract; having the power or property of contracting, or of shrinking into shorter or smaller dimensions; as, the contractile tissues.