Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The process of shrinking.
  • noun The amount or proportion by which something shrinks.
  • noun A reduction in value; depreciation.
  • noun The total weight loss sustained by livestock in shipment to a market.
  • noun Loss of merchandise, especially through theft.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Figuratively, a similar reduction of any kind, as loss of weight; especially, loss of value: as, shrinkage in real estate.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of shrinking; a contraction into less bulk or measurement.
  • noun The amount of such contraction; the bulk or dimension lost by shrinking, as of grain, castings, etc.
  • noun colloq. Decrease in value; depreciation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of shrinking, or the proportion by which something shrinks.
  • noun The loss of merchandise through theft.
  • noun slang The reduction in size of the male genitalia following immersion in cold water

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun process or result of becoming less or smaller
  • noun the act of stealing goods that are on display in a store
  • noun the amount by which something shrinks

Etymologies

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Examples

  • With the lake less 16 feet at its deepest, or about half its depth when the decline began in 1977, the shrinkage is affecting the local economy.

    Lake Chapala

  • With the lake now less 16 feet at its deepest, or about half its depth when the decline began in 1977, the shrinkage is affecting the local economy.

    Lake Chapala/Wall Sreet Journal

  • Ghost, you said it, ground shrinkage is particularly bad with this 'species.'

    anybody ever shot a jackalope?

  • Ghost, you said it, ground shrinkage is particularly bad with this 'species.'

    anybody ever shot a jackalope?

  • Be sure to get 500 mcg B12, 800 mcg folic acid, 20 mg B6 a day -- doses found to reduce brain shrinkage up to 50 percent in people with mild memory problems.

    Jean Carper: In Honor of World Alzheimer's Day, Take a Hike Today

  • Here are NASA images of the polar ice cap in 1979 and 2003: The massive shrinkage is obvious.

    Matthew Yglesias » Wednesday Arctic Ice Blogging

  • WASHINGTON — Democrats' Senate majority faces a midterm shrinkage Tuesday, a further complication for President Barack Obama's agenda, even if Republicans fall short of seizing control of the 100-member chamber.

    Will The GOP Win Control Of The Senate In The Midterm Elections?

  • Best be careful: a study at Oxford University has revealed that people on a meat-free diet are six times more likely to suffer brain shrinkage as they age because of a lack of Vitamin B12, which is most easily obtained by eating meat.

    What I've Just Read: A Darkness Forged in Fire

  • For older Americans, reversal of the brain shrinkage that occurs as people age is just one benefit of greater physical activity, according to research published in the latest issue of the Journal of Gerontology -- Medical Sciences (Vol. 61A, No. 11).

    Donald Duck's Uncle Duke

  • Via WorldChanging comes this fascinating interview with Amory Lovins in which he points out that by increasing our energy efficiency over the last 25 year the amount of energy used per GDP has shrank by 40%, and that shrinkage is our biggest source of energy!

    Clearing the Decks

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  • "I was in the pool!"

    March 1, 2007

  • Love that scene!

    March 1, 2007

  • Usually (?) means the amount by which stock depletes that cannot be accounted for. I.e. it's not broken, but stolen, often by the staff!

    June 17, 2008

  • It's not always so.

    Who says we don't have any fun up here in the Arctic in winter?

    September 14, 2008

  • Hmm. Why does that remind me of a bunch of priapic elves doing the backstroke?

    September 14, 2008

  • Mmm... luncheon meats...

    September 14, 2008

  • More like the frozen carcass of the Jolly Green Giant after a tragic boating mishap, perhaps?...

    September 15, 2008

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    September 15, 2008

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    September 15, 2008

  • I prefer Cialis Cooper.

    September 16, 2008