**Compression of a Geometric Figure Contraction of a Geometric Figure**

A transformation in which all distances are shortened by a common factor. This is done by contracting all points toward some fixed point P.

Note: The common factor is less than 1 for a contraction. When the common factor is greater than 1 the transformation is called a dilation.

**See also**

Dilation of a geometric figure, compression of a graph, pre-image, image

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