constriction

noun
con·stric·tion | \kən-ˈstrik-shən \

Definition of constriction 

1 : an act or product of constricting

2 : the quality or state of being constricted

3 : something that constricts

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Examples of constriction in a Sentence

tried to ease the tie's constriction of his neck

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It is considered unhealthy, an almost cowardly psychic constriction. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "We the seagulls," 22 June 2018 Be alert to signs of allergic reaction, which may include swelling of the face, eyes, lips and throat, constriction of the airway, a weak and rapid pulse, nausea and dizziness. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Be wary of these NC natural wonders this summer," 25 June 2018 Lungs Starting at around 9,000 feet, your lungs may begin to swell due to a constriction of blood vessels, which can cause fluid to leak and accumulate. Brad Stulberg, Outside Online, "What Happens to Your Body When You Climb Everest," 11 June 2018 This success rate is similar to that of triptans but without the risks associated with constriction of blood vessels. R. Allan Purdy, Scientific American, "Can Anything Stop My Migraine?," 1 May 2017 Choe, working with cinematographer Zoë White, frames the early scenes using a square aspect ratio, putting emotional constriction into visual terms. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Andrea Riseborough brings complexity to an emotional void in the melancholic 'Nancy'," 7 June 2018 Trump, it should be said, has openly complained about the constrictions the courts have placed on his own immigration plans. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "President Trump keeps pardoning his political friends," 31 May 2018 Ball pythons are nocturnal, mainly solitary animals that kill their prey, which include rodents, small mammals and birds, by constriction. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "Unwelcome visitor slithers into Brookline playground," 9 May 2018 The Bond Accountability Commission, the city's oversight panel that reviews the constriction work, also recommends re-evaluating the building schedule the district set before the bond went to voters. Patrick O'donnell, cleveland.com, "Some promised new schools could be axed as Cleveland district, state fight over money," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of constriction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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constriction

noun
con·stric·tion | \kən-ˈstrik-shən \

Kids Definition of constriction

: an act or instance of drawing together

constriction

noun
con·stric·tion | \-ˈstrik-shən \

Medical Definition of constriction 

1 : an act or product of constricting

2 : the quality or state of being constricted

3 : something that constricts

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