from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A trademark used for fabric preshrunk by a patented mechanical process so as to minimize later shrinkage.


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  • If you wish to use hot water, be sure to buy sturdy, well-made linens that are Sanforized or preshrunk or that are big enough to undergo some shrinkage and still fit.


  • Linen that has not been Sanforized or preshrunk may shrink moderately, and the hotter the water the more shrinking you may expect.


  • The familiar “Sanforized” trademark indicates that the cloth, woven cotton and rayon, was subjected to a standardized, highly effective method of compressive shrinkage, and that additional shrinkage will not exceed 2 percent.


  • ABOUREZK: Well, I like to call them Sanforized, pre-shrunk, blow-dried, poll-reading, you know, finger-to-the-wind politicians for the most part.

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  • The crane habitat, un-Sanforized, began to undergo a relentless shrinking.

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  • Porter Sanforized Denim Bags: Porter have released a new range of Sanforized denim bags.


  • Unwilling to slog to November -- and defeat -- alongside the Sanforized Mitt Romney or the pale Tim Pawlenty, he tapped Palin to shake up the race.

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  • His head is okay but the rest of him wasn’t Sanforized.

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