As I have checked some online dictionaries, I have found 'shorten' and 'shrink' as opposites of the 'stretch' word. But, I am not sure, yet.

As an example, suppose that shrink is the correct word, then I say in this figureenter image description here

I am shrinking the plot from top to bottom or stretching vice-versa.

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Shrink can work. I would also consider "compress" as a good option. "Reduce" can also work

I reduced the plot vertically

You could ask this on English Language and Usage to get additional ideas.


When I think of the opposite of stretch, I think squeeze.

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