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contraction /kənˈtrækʃən/  

  • noun
    plural -tions
    [noncount] :the act or process of making something smaller or of becoming smaller
    The hot metal undergoes contraction as it cools.
    Two teams were eliminated in the contraction of the baseball league.
    [count] medical :a movement of a muscle that causes it to become tight and that is sometimes painful especially; :a movement of muscles in the womb when a woman is giving birth to a child
    [count] :a short form of a word or word group that is made by leaving out a sound or letter
    The word don't is a contraction of do not.