[ verb ] squeeze or press together


"she compressed her lips" "the spasm contracted the muscle"

Used in print

(Mary Savage, Just for Tonight....)

It entered her body with the ghastly intimacy of an incubus , and its particles , spreading , creeping , crawling , joined themselves into steel_bands that constricted her knees so tightly that they ached ; stifled her lungs so_that her breath came in harsh gasps ; clutched her throat and sucked_up the moisture in her mouth so_that her tongue was dry and hard and stuck_to the roof of her mouth and her teeth were clenched together in the rigid fixture of her jaws .

[ verb ] become tight or as if tight


narrow constringe


"Her throat constricted"