from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A protective wrapping for articles of merchandise consisting of a clear plastic film that is wound about the articles and then shrunk by heat to form a sealed, tight-fitting package. Also called shrink package.
- transitive v. To wrap (an article of merchandise) in protective clear plastic film.
- adj. Of or relating to shrink-wrap.
- adj. Of or relating to a legal agreement, such as a software license, to which one indicates acceptance by opening the shrink-wrap that encloses a product subject to the agreement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A plastic film that is used to protect an item and which during application contracts so it tightly enclose it.
- n. The wrapping around an item that has been shrink-wrapped.
- v. To apply shrink-wrap to (an item).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a type of plastic film, usually transparent, that shrinks upon application of heat, and may be used to form a wrapping around objects that fits tightly and closely follows the contours of the wrapped object; -- also called shrink-pack, shrinkpack or shrink-wrapping.
- transitive v. to wrap and seal (an object for sale) in a transparent sheet of plastic material that is shrunken to a tight-fitting wrapping by the application of heat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the clinging transparent plastic film that is used to shrinkwrap something
- v. wrap something tightly with heated plastic that shrinks upon cooling
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Sealed Air's products include Bubble Wrap package cushioning and Cryovac fresh-food shrink-wrap.
Merck has responded by switching from shrink-wrap to plastic or cardboard trays for incoming vials for a majority of its products, Mr. Robinson said.
Small firms typically buy basic clerical and accounting software in shrink-wrap boxes and run them on a company computer.
That is less than typical Apple Store shrink-wrap prices.
If you look behind the shrink-wrap on the ground, roasts, chops, and filets at the grocery store, you will discover that 83 percent of beef, 4 out of every 5 beef cattle, is processed by four companies, and 66 percent of pork is processed by four companies.
You can put an old tea pot and an odd tea cup in a basket of "easter grass", add an old book, shrink-wrap it, and put a price tag on it.
A trail of his-and-hers clothing lay on the floor beside five-pound bright yellow dumbbells propped up next to a Tae Bo tape that was still in its original plastic shrink-wrap.
The shrink-wrap around the paper towels has been gnawed into a ragged hole, and the towels themselves shredded into a cushioned nest of fluff and excrement.
Polysaccharide tensors act like millions of tiny 'erector set' struts, pulling the skin taught and youthful - an immediate shrink-wrap phenomenon.
But the pleasure of boating comes with unacceptable amounts of environmental waste, from the discarded shrink-wrap that is used to protect boats in winter months, to inefficient fuel docks that can leak into waterways.
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