1. to draw together or become tight; 2. to limit the natural course of something; 3. to restrict the range and freedom of something.
Similar to constrain, to constrict is “to tighten and hold back.” Constrict holds more of a meaning of binding and choking, rather than mere tension and control, as in constrain. Constrict is a more forceful word. If you feel constricted, you feel restricted or squeezed.
– I knew that smoking was bad for your lungs, but smoking also causes blood vessels to constrict, inhibiting blood flow.
– The detective was concerned that her bullet-proof vest would constrict her movements when speed was of the essence.
– When her boyfriend proposed, Ellie was so happy and excited, her throat became constricted and she could barely get out a “Yes.”
– Girdles are meant to constrict the stomach for a more svelte appearance, but they pose the risk of impeding breathing.
tighten, pinch, strangle, clench, squeeze
expand, release, loosen,
1. a recently invented word; 2. the practice of coming up with or coining new words. Neologism comes from two, perhaps familiar, Greek words: neo, “new,” and logos, “word.”
– The teacher circled the word “horrification” on the student’s paper and wrote “neologism?” with a question mark.
– Merriam Webster’s website suggested “chillaxin” as a possible neologism combining the words “chilling” and “relaxing.”
– The writer was famous for his inventive style and successful creation of several neologisms.
– The hip-hop culture has recently invented many neologisms, such as “bootylicious.”
new word, coined word