1. compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract, press, tighten

usage: squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle"

2. constrict, constringe, narrow, tighten

usage: become tight or as if tight; "Her throat constricted"


1. constricted, tense (vs. lax)

usage: especially tense; especially in some dialects

2. constricted (vs. unconstricted), narrowed, pinched, stenosed, stenotic

usage: drawn together or squeezed physically or by extension psychologically; "a constricted blood vessel"; "a constricted view of life"

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