When your throat begins to close up because of an allergic reaction, this is an example of a time when your throat constricts.
- to make smaller or narrower, esp. at one place, by binding, squeezing, or shrinking; contract
- to hold in; limit; restrict
Origin of constrict; from Classical Latin constrictus, past participle of constringere: see constrain
verbcon·strict·ed, con·strict·ing, con·stricts
- To make smaller or narrower by binding or squeezing.
- To squeeze or compress.
- To restrict the scope or freedom of; cramp: lives constricted by poverty.
Origin of constrictLatin c&omacron;nstringere, c&omacron;nstrict-, to compress; see constrain.
(third-person singular simple present constricts, present participle constricting, simple past and past participle constricted)
- From Latin prefix con-, "with", + strictus, past participle of stringere.