from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • a. & n. from shrink.
  • (Founding) a body of molten metal connected with a mold for the purpose of supplying metal to compensate for the shrinkage of the casting; -- called also sinking head, and riser.

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

  • adjective Possessing the property of reducing in size or significance.
  • verb Present participle of shrink.

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 becoming less


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