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Pronunciation:  kun'streynt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of constraining
  2. [n]  a device that stops something from moving; "the car did not have proper restraints fitted"
  3. [n]  the state of being physically constrained; "dogs should be kept under restraint"

CONSTRAINT is a 10 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: restraint, restraint
 See Also: air bag, airbrake, arrester, arrester hook, band, bond, brake, brake pads, brake shoe, cage, catch, chain, confinement, device, dive brake, drogue, fastener, fastening, fixing, gag, hamper, holdfast, ignition lock, lead, leash, life belt, lock, muzzle, restriction, safety belt, safety harness, sea anchor, shackle, shoe, stop, swaddling clothes, tether, trammel, trammels



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con*straint"\, n. [OF. constrainte, F. constrainte.]
The act of constraining, or the state of being constrained;
that which compels to, or restrains from, action; compulsion;
restraint; necessity.

      Long imprisonment and hard constraint.   --Spenser.

      Not by constraint, but by my choice, I came. --Dryden.

Syn: Compulsion; violence; necessity; urgency.

Usage: {Constraint}, {Compulsion}. Constraint implies strong
       binding force; as, the constraint of necessity; the
       constraint of fear. Compulsion implies the exertion of
       some urgent impelling force; as, driven by compulsion.
       The former prevents us from acting agreeably to our
       wishes; the latter forces us to act contrary to our
       will. Compulsion is always produced by some active
       agent; a constraint may be laid upon us by the forms
       of civil society, or by other outward circumstances.

Computing Dictionary

A boolean relation, often an equality or ineqality relation, between the values of one or more mathematical variables (often two). E.g. x>3 is a constraint on x. constraint satisfaction attempts to assign values to variables so that all constraints are true.

usenet newsgroup: news:comp.constraints. faq.

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