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  8  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Dependent  \De*pend"ent\,  a.  [L.  dependens,  -entis,  p.  pr 
  dependere.  See  {Depend},  and  cf  {Dependant}.] 
  1.  Hanging  down  as  a  dependent  bough  or  leaf. 
  2.  Relying  on  or  subject  to  something  else  for  support;  not 
  able  to  exist,  or  sustain  itself  or  to  perform  anything 
  without  the  will  power,  or  aid  of  something  else;  not 
  self-sustaining;  contingent  or  conditioned;  subordinate; 
  --  often  with  on  or  upon  as  dependent  on  God;  dependent 
  upon  friends. 
  England,  long  dependent  and  degraded,  was  again  a 
  power  of  the  first  rank.  --Macaulay. 
  {Dependent  covenant}  or  {contract}  (Law),  one  not  binding 
  until  some  connecting  stipulation  is  performed. 
  {Dependent  variable}  (Math.),  a  varying  quantity  whose 
  changes  are  arbitrary,  but  are  regarded  as  produced  by 
  changes  in  another  variable,  which  is  called  the 
  independent  variable. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Wager  \Wa"ger\,  n. 
  {Wagering,  or  gambling},  {contract}.  A  contract  which  is  of 
  the  nature  of  wager.  Contracts  of  this  nature  include 
  various  common  forms  of  valid  commercial  contracts,  as 
  contracts  of  insurance,  contracts  dealing  in  futures, 
  options,  etc  Other  wagering  contracts  and  bets  are  now 
  generally  made  illegal  by  statute  against  betting  and 
  gambling,  and  wagering  has  in  many  cases  been  made  a 
  criminal  offence.  Wages  \Wa"ges\,  n.  pl  (Theoretical 
  The  share  of  the  annual  product  or  national  dividend  which 
  goes  as  a  reward  to  labor,  as  distinct  from  the  remuneration 
  received  by  capital  in  its  various  forms.  This  economic  or 
  technical  sense  of  the  word  wages  is  broader  than  the  current 
  sense  and  includes  not  only  amounts  actually  paid  to 
  laborers,  but  the  remuneration  obtained  by  those  who  sell  the 
  products  of  their  own  work  and  the  wages  of  superintendence 
  or  management,  which  are  earned  by  skill  in  directing  the 
  work  of  others 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Contract  \Con*tract"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Contracted};  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Contracting}.]  [L.  contractus  p.  p.  of  contrahere 
  to  contract;  con-  +  trahere  to  draw:  cf  F.  contracter.  See 
  {Trace},  and  cf  {Contract},  n.] 
  1.  To  draw  together  or  nearer;  to  reduce  to  a  less  compass; 
  to  shorten,  narrow,  or  lessen;  as  to  contract  one's 
  sphere  of  action 
  In  all  things  desuetude  doth  contract  and  narrow  our 
  faculties.  --Dr.  H.  More 
  2.  To  draw  together  so  as  to  wrinkle;  to  knit. 
  Thou  didst  contract  and  purse  thy  brow.  --Shak. 
  3.  To  bring  on  to  incur;  to  acquire;  as  to  contract  a 
  habit;  to  contract  a  debt;  to  contract  a  disease. 
  Each  from  each  contract  new  strength  and  light. 
  Such  behavior  we  contract  by  having  much  conversed 
  with  persons  of  high  station.  --Swift. 
  4.  To  enter  into  with  mutual  obligations;  to  make  a  bargain 
  or  covenant  for 
  We  have  contracted  an  inviolable  amity,  peace,  and 
  lague  with  the  aforesaid  queen.  --Hakluyt. 
  Many  persons  .  .  .  had  contracted  marriage  within 
  the  degrees  of  consanguinity  .  .  .  prohibited  by 
  law.  --Strype. 
  5.  To  betroth;  to  affiance. 
  The  truth  is  she  and  I,  long  since  contracted,  Are 
  now  so  sure  that  nothing  can  dissolve  us  --Shak. 
  6.  (Gram.)  To  shorten  by  omitting  a  letter  or  letters  or  by 
  reducing  two  or  more  vowels  or  syllables  to  one 
  Syn:  To  shorten;  abridge;  epitomize;  narrow;  lessen; 
  condense;  reduce;  confine;  incur;  assume. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Contract  \Con*tract"\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  be  drawn  together  so  as  to  be  diminished  in  size  or 
  extent;  to  shrink;  to  be  reduced  in  compass  or  in 
  duration;  as  iron  contracts  in  cooling;  a  rope  contracts 
  when  wet. 
  Years  contracting  to  a  moment.  --Wordsworth. 
  2.  To  make  an  agreement;  to  covenant;  to  agree;  to  bargain; 
  as  to  contract  for  carrying  the  mail 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Contract  \Con"tract\,  a. 
  Contracted;  as  a  contract  verb  --Goodwin. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Contract  \Con*tract"\,  a.  [L.  contractus  p.  p.] 
  Contracted;  affianced;  betrothed.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Contract  \Con"tract\,  n.  [L.  contractus  fr  contrahere:  cf  F. 
  contrat,  formerly  also  contract.] 
  1.  (Law)  The  agreement  of  two  or  more  persons,  upon  a 
  sufficient  consideration  or  cause  to  do  or  to  abstain 
  from  doing  some  act  an  agreement  in  which  a  party 
  undertakes  to  do  or  not  to  do  a  particular  thing  a 
  formal  bargain;  a  compact;  an  interchange  of  legal  rights. 
  2.  A  formal  writing  which  contains  the  agreement  of  parties, 
  with  the  terms  and  conditions,  and  which  serves  as  a  proof 
  of  the  obligation. 
  3.  The  act  of  formally  betrothing  a  man  and  woman. 
  This  is  the  the  night  of  the  contract.  --Longwellow. 
  Syn:  Covenant;  agreement;  compact;  stipulation;  bargain; 
  arrangement;  obligation.  See  {Covenant}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  binding  agreement  between  two  or  more  persons  especially 
  one  enforceable  by  law 
  2:  (bridge)  the  highest  bid  becomes  the  contract  setting  the 
  number  of  tricks  that  the  bidder  must  make 
  3:  a  variety  of  bridge  in  which  the  bidder  receives  points 
  toward  game  only  for  the  number  of  tricks  he  bid  [syn:  {contract 
  v  1:  enter  into  a  contractual  arrangement  [syn:  {undertake}] 
  2:  engage  by  written  agreement;  "They  signed  two  new  pitchers 
  for  the  next  season"  [syn:  {sign},  {fee},  {sign  on},  {sign 
  3:  squeeze  or  press  together;  "she  compressed  her  lips"  [syn:  {compress}, 
  {constrict},  {squeeze},  {compact},  {press}] 
  4:  be  stricken  by  an  illness,  fall  victim  to  an  illness;  "He 
  got  AIDS";  "She  came  down  with  pneumonia";  "She  took  a 
  chill"  [syn:  {take},  {get}] 
  5:  draw  together;  "The  fabric  shrank"  [syn:  {shrink}]  [ant:  {stretch}] 
  6:  make  smaller;  "The  garment  contracted  in  the  dryer";  "The 
  heat  contracted  the  woollen  garment" 
  7:  compress  or  concentrate;  "Congress  condensed  the  three-year 
  plan  into  a  six-month  plan"  [syn:  {condense},  {concentrate}] 
  8:  make  or  become  more  narrow  or  restricted;  "The  selection  was 
  narrowed";  "The  road  narrowed"  [syn:  {narrow}]  [ant:  {widen}] 
  9:  reduce  in  scope  while  retaining  essential  elements;  "The 
  manuscript  must  be  shortened"  [syn:  {abridge},  {foreshorten}, 
  {abbreviate},  {shorten},  {cut},  {reduce}] 

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