from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The process of shrinking.
- n. The amount or proportion by which something shrinks.
- n. A reduction in value; depreciation.
- n. The total weight loss sustained by livestock in shipment to a market.
- n. Loss of merchandise, especially through theft.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of shrinking, or the proportion by which something shrinks.
- n. The loss of merchandise through theft.
- n. The reduction in size of the male genitalia following immersion in cold water
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of shrinking; a contraction into less bulk or measurement.
- n. The amount of such contraction; the bulk or dimension lost by shrinking, as of grain, castings, etc.
- n. Decrease in value; depreciation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The contraction of a material to a smaller surface or bulk, whether by cooling after being heated, as a metal, or by drying, as timber or clay, or by wetting, as cord or fabrics.
- n. Figuratively, a similar reduction of any kind, as loss of weight; especially, loss of value: as, shrinkage in real estate.
- n. Amount of diminution of surface or bulk, weight or value: as, the shrinkage of cast-iron by cooling is one eighth of an inch to a foot; the shrinkage on the goods was 10 per cent.
- n. In gunnery, the difference between the outside diameter of the inner cylinder and the inside diameter of the outer cylinder of a built-up gun.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. process or result of becoming less or smaller
- n. the act of stealing goods that are on display in a store
- n. the amount by which something shrinks
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