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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contractile  \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 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contractile 
  adj  :  capable  of  contracting  or  being  contracted;  "the  contractile 
  wings  of  an  insect" 




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