Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary


Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of CONTRACTILE

Pronunciation:  kun'traktl

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  capable of contracting or being contracted; "the contractile wings of an insect"
 

CONTRACTILE is a 11 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: contracted
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Con*tract"ile\, a. [Cf. F. contractile.]
tending to contract; having the power or property of
contracting, or of shrinking into shorter or smaller
dimensions; as, the contractile tissues.

      The heart's contractile force.           --H. Brooke.

      Each cilium seems to be composed of contractile
      substance.                               --Hixley.

{Contractile vacuole} (Zo["o]l.), a pulsating cavity in the
   interior of a protozoan, supposed to be excretory in
   function. There may be one, two, or more.

 

 

COPYRIGHT © 2000-2013 HYPERDICTIONARY.COM HOME | ABOUT HYPERDICTIONARY