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A shortened form of a word or phrase in which an apostrophe indicates the omitted letters or words.
Don't (for "do not")
Can't (for "cannot")
what is the contraction for over and even
letters that go with contraction words
It's terrible when "it's" is used as a possessive rather than a contraction. Seems to me that it's increasingly a problem in the written language. It's just my observation, and that's about it.