from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To become or make shrunken and wrinkled, often by drying: Leaves die, fall, and shrivel. The heat shriveled the unwatered seedlings.
- transitive v. To lose or cause to lose vitality or intensity: My enthusiasm shriveled as the project wore on. Inflation shriveled the buying power of the dollar.
- transitive v. To become or make much less or smaller; dwindle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To collapse inward; to crumble.
- v. To become wrinkled.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To draw, or be drawn, into wrinkles; to shrink, and form corrugations; ; -- often with up.
- transitive v. To cause to shrivel or contract; to cause to shrink onto corruptions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To contract; draw or be drawn into wrinkles; shrink and form corrugations, as a leaf in the hot sun, or the skin with age.
- Synonyms To shrivel is to become wrinkled or corrugated by contraction; to shrink is, as a rule, to contract while preserving the same general form.
- To contract into wrinkles; cause to shrink into corrugations.
- To make narrow; limit in scope.
- To wither; blight; render impotent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. wither, as with a loss of moisture
- v. decrease in size, range, or extent
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)