Constrict Con*strict", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Constricted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Constricting}.] [L. constrictus, p. p. of constringere. See {Constrain}.] To draw together; to render narrower or smaller; to bind; to cramp; to contract or cause to shrink. [1913 Webster]

Such things as constrict the fibers. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

Membranous organs inclosing a cavity which their contraction serves to constrict. --Todd & Bowman. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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