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English Dictionary: shrink by the DICT Development Group
4 results for shrink
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a physician who specializes in psychiatry [syn: psychiatrist, head-shrinker, shrink]
  1. wither, as with a loss of moisture; "The fruit dried and shriveled"
    Synonym(s): shrivel, shrivel up, shrink, wither
  2. draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
    Synonym(s): flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quail
  3. reduce in size; reduce physically; "Hot water will shrink the sweater"; "Can you shrink this image?"
    Synonym(s): shrink, reduce
  4. become smaller or draw together; "The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank"
    Synonym(s): shrink, contract
    Antonym(s): expand, spread out, stretch
  5. decrease in size, range, or extent; "His earnings shrank"; "My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me"
    Synonym(s): shrink, shrivel
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Shrink \Shrink\, v. t.
      1. To cause to contract or shrink; as, to shrink finnel by
            imersing it in boiling water.
      2. To draw back; to withdraw. [Obs.]
                     The Libyc Hammon shrinks his horn.      --Milton.
      {To shrink on} (Mach.), to fix (one piece or part) firmly
            around (another) by natural contraction in cooling, as a
            tire on a wheel, or a hoop upon a cannon, which is made
            slightly smaller than the part it is to fit, and expanded
            by heat till it can be slipped into place.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Shrink \Shrink\, v. i. [imp. {Shrank}or {Shrunk}p. p. {Shrunk}
      or {Shrunken}, but the latter is now seldom used except as a
      participial adjective; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shrinking}.] [OE.
      shrinken, schrinken, AS. scrincan; akin to OD. schrincken,
      and probably to Sw. skrynka a wrinkle, skrynkla to wrinkle,
      to rumple, and E. shrimp, n. & v., scrimp. CF. {Shrimp}.]
      1. To wrinkle, bend, or curl; to shrivel; hence, to contract
            into a less extent or compass; to gather together; to
            become compacted.
                     And on a broken reed he still did stay His feeble
                     steps, which shrunk when hard thereon he lay.
                     I have not found that water, by mixture of ashes,
                     will shrink or draw into less room.   --Bacon.
                     Against this fire do I shrink up.      --Shak.
                     And shrink like parchment in consuming fire.
                     All the boards did shrink.                  --Coleridge.
      2. To withdraw or retire, as from danger; to decline action
            from fear; to recoil, as in fear, horror, or distress.
                     What happier natures shrink at with affright, The
                     hard inhabitant contends is right.      --Pope.
                     They assisted us against the Thebans when you shrank
                     from the task.                                    --Jowett
      3. To express fear, horror, or pain by contracting the body,
            or part of it; to shudder; to quake. [R.] --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Shrink \Shrink\, n.
      The act shrinking; shrinkage; contraction; also, recoil;
               Yet almost wish, with sudden shrink, That I had less to
               praise.                                                   --Leigh Hunt.
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