Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class II. Words Relating to Space
Section II. Dimensions
1. General Dimensions

195. Contraction.

   NOUN:CONTRACTION, reduction, diminution; decrease [See Nonincrease, Decrease] -of size; defalcation, decrement; lessening, shrinking &c. v.; compaction [rare], tabes, collapse, emaciation, attenuation, tabefaction [rare], consumption, marasmus, atrophy; systole, syncopation, syncope; neck, hourglass.
  COMPRESSION, condensation, constraint, astriction [rare], compactness; compendium [See Compendium]; squeezing &c. v.; strangulation; corrugation; constringency, astringency; astringents, sclerotics; contractibility, contractibleness, contractility, compressibility, compressibleness, coarctation.
  inferiority in size.
   VERB:BECOME SMALL, become smaller; lessen, decrease [See Nonincrease, Decrease]; grow less, dwindle, shrink, contract, narrow, shrivel, syncopate, collapse, wither, lose flesh, wizen [dial.], fall away, waste, wane, ebb; decay (deteriorate) [See Deterioration].
  BE SMALLER THAN, fall short of; not come up to &c. (be inferior) [See Inferiority].
  RENDER SMALLER, lessen, diminish, contract, draw in, narrow, pucker, cockle, coarct or coarctate [rare]; boil down; deflate, exhaust, empty; constrict, constringe; condense, compress, squeeze, corrugate, crush, crumple up, warp, purse, purse up, pack, stow; pinch, tighten, strangle; cramp; dwarf, bedwarf; shorten [See Shortness]; circumscribe [See Circumscription]; restrain [See Restraint].
  PARE, reduce, attenuate, rub down, scrape, file, grind, chip, shave, shear.
   ADJECTIVE:CONTRACTING &c. v.; astringent, constringent, shrunk, shrunken, tabescent, tabetic, contractible, contracted &c. v.; strangulated, tabid, wizened, weazen, weazeny [colloq.], corky, stunted; waning &c. v.; neap, compact, compacted.
  UNEXPANDED &c. (expand [See Expansion]); contractile; compressible; smaller &c. (small [See Littleness]).