A contractor is someone who is hired to build something. As a contractor at a building site, it is highly recommended you keep your hard hat on at all times.

When you think of contractor, you may picture construction sites; however, the word has other meanings as well. Legally, if you sign a contract to perform a specific job then you are what is known as a contractor. When there are not many full-time jobs available for workers, sometimes the only option is to become a freelance contractor, which might mean that you only work part-time or when needed.

Definitions of contractor
  1. noun
    someone (a person or firm) who contracts to build things
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    defense contractor
    a contractor concerned with the development and manufacture of systems of defense
    hauler, haulier
    a haulage contractor
    a contractor who buys old ships and breaks them up for scrap
    someone who enters into a subcontract with the primary contractor
    dustman, garbage carter, garbage collector, garbage hauler, garbage man, garbageman, refuse collector
    someone employed to collect and dispose of refuse
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    builder, constructor
    someone who contracts for and supervises construction (as of a building)
  2. noun
    a bodily organ that contracts
    synonyms: contractile organ
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    muscle, musculus
    one of the contractile organs of the body
    skeletal muscle, striated muscle
    a muscle that is connected at either or both ends to a bone and so move parts of the skeleton; a muscle that is characterized by transverse stripes
    a muscle that produces or assists in pronation
    a muscle (especially in the forearm) that produces or assists in supination
    a muscle that serves to lift some body part (as the eyelid or lip)
    antagonistic muscle
    (physiology) a muscle that opposes the action of another
    eye muscle, ocular muscle
    one of the small muscles of the eye that serve to rotate the eyeball
    any of various straight muscles
    involuntary muscle, smooth muscle
    a muscle that contracts without conscious control and found in walls of internal organs such as stomach and intestine and bladder and blood vessels (excluding the heart)
    anatomical sphincter, sphincter, sphincter muscle
    a ring of muscle that contracts to close an opening
    any of several muscles that cause an attached structure to become tense or firm
    type of:
    a fully differentiated structural and functional unit in an animal that is specialized for some particular function
  3. noun
    (law) a party to a contract
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    builder, constructor
    someone who contracts for and supervises construction (as of a building)
    a person who builds boats
    home-builder, homebuilder, house-builder, housebuilder
    someone who builds houses as a business
    someone who builds cheap buildings out of poor materials on speculation for a quick profit
    road builder
    someone whose business is to build roads
    ship builder, shipbuilder
    a person who builds ships as a business
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    a person involved in legal proceedings
  4. noun
    the bridge player in contract bridge who wins the bidding and can declare which suit is to be trumps
    synonyms: declarer
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    bridge player, hand
    a card player in a game of bridge
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