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CONSTRAINT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does constraint mean? 

CONSTRAINT (noun)
  The noun CONSTRAINT has 3 senses:

1. the state of being physically constrained
2. a device that retards something's motion
3. the act of constraining; the threat or use of force to control the thoughts or behavior of others

  Familiarity information: CONSTRAINT used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONSTRAINT (noun)


Sense 1constraint [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being physically constrained

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

constraint; restraint

Context example:

dogs should be kept under restraint

Hypernyms ("constraint" is a kind of...):

confinement (the state of being confined)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "constraint"):

cage (something that restricts freedom as a cage restricts movement)


Sense 2constraint [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A device that retards something's motion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

constraint; restraint

Context example:

the car did not have proper restraints fitted

Hypernyms ("constraint" is a kind of...):

device (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "constraint"):

gag; muzzle (restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting)

lead; leash; tether (restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal)

ignition lock; lock (a restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key)

muzzle (a leather or wire restraint that fits over an animal's snout (especially a dog's nose and jaws) and prevents it from eating or biting)

life belt; safety belt; safety harness (belt attaching you to some object as a restraint in order to prevent you from getting hurt)

drogue; sea anchor (restraint consisting of a canvas covered frame that floats behind a vessel; prevents drifting or maintains the heading into a wind)

bond; hamper; shackle; trammel (a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner))

trammel (a restraint that is used to teach a horse to amble)

fastener; fastening; fixing; holdfast (restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place)

chain (anything that acts as a restraint)

air bag (a safety restraint in an automobile; the bag inflates on collision and prevents the driver or passenger from being thrown forward)

airbrake; dive brake (a small parachute or articulated flap to reduce the speed of an aircraft)

arrester; arrester hook (a restraint that slows airplanes as they land on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier)

band (a restraint put around something to hold it together)

brake (a restraint used to slow or stop a vehicle)

brake pad (one of the pads that apply friction to both sides of the brake disk)

brake shoe; shoe; skid (a restraint provided when the brake linings are moved hydraulically against the brake drum to retard the wheel's rotation)

catch; stop (a restraint that checks the motion of something)


Sense 3constraint [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of constraining; the threat or use of force to control the thoughts or behavior of others

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("constraint" is a kind of...):

restriction (the act of keeping something within specified bounds (by force if necessary))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "constraint"):

swaddling clothes (restrictions placed on the immature)


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