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Definition of SHRINK

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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. [1913 Webster]

              And on a broken reed he still did stay His feeble steps, which shrunk when hard thereon he lay.                                  --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

              I have not found that water, by mixture of ashes, will shrink or draw into less room.   --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

              Against this fire do I shrink up.     --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              And shrink like parchment in consuming fire.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              All the boards did shrink.            --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

     2. To withdraw or retire, as from danger; to decline action from fear; to recoil, as in fear, horror, or distress. [1913 Webster]

              What happier natures shrink at with affright, The hard inhabitant contends is right. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

              They assisted us against the Thebans when you shrank from the task.                        --Jowett (Thucyd.) [1913 Webster]

     3. To express fear, horror, or pain by contracting the body, or part of it; to shudder; to quake. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Shrink \Shrink\, v. t.
     1. To cause to contract or shrink; as, to shrink finnel by imersing it in boiling water. [1913 Webster]

     2. To draw back; to withdraw. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]

              The Libyc Hammon shrinks his horn.    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Shrink \Shrink\, n.
     1. The act shrinking; shrinkage; contraction; also, recoil; withdrawal. [1913 Webster]

              Yet almost wish, with sudden shrink,
              That I had less to praise.            --Leigh Hunt. [1913 Webster]

     2. [Contraction of head-shrinker, a colloquial term for psychiatrist.] a psychiatrist. [Coll.] [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

193 Moby Thesaurus words for "shrink":
     Sanforize, abate, ablate, about the bush, ache, agonize, ail, analyst, anguish, attenuate, avoid, avoid the limelight, balk at, bate, be eaten away, beat around, beg the question, behavior therapist, blanch, blench, blink, blush unseen, boggle, clinical psychologist, compress, concentrate, condense, constrict, consume, consume away, contract, corrode, cower, cringe, crouch, crumble, decline, decrease, deliquesce, demur, deplete, depreciate, desiccate, die away, diminish, dissipate, dive, dodge, drain, draw back, draw in, dribble away, drift away, droop, drop, drop off, dry up, duck, dwindle, ebb, emacerate, emaciate, equivocate, erode, evade, fade, fade away, fall, fall away, fall back, fall off, fall short, falter, feel pain, feel the pangs, fence, fight shy of, flag, flinch, funk, go, go away, grimace, hang back, hang off, have a misery, have qualms, headshrinker, hedge, hem and haw, hesitate, hold off, huddle, hurt, hypnotherapist, jib, languish, lessen, let up, macerate, make bones about, melt away, move away, move off, narcotherapist, parch, parry, pause, pine, plummet, plunge, pound, preshrink, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, psychoanalyzer, psychotherapeutist, psychotherapist, pull away, pull back, pull in, pull out, pussyfoot, put off, quail, recede, recoil, reel back, retire, retract, retreat, retrocede, run low, sag, scruple, sear, sheer off, shift, shift off, shoot, shrink back, shrink from, shrinker, shrivel, shrivel up, shy, shy at, shy away, shy off, sidestep, sink, slink, smart, squander, squinch, stand off, start, start aside, start back, step aside, stick at, stickle, strain, subside, suffer, swerve, tail off, thin, thrill, throb, tingle, turn aside, twinge, twitch, wane, ward off, waste, waste away, waver, weaken, wear, wear away, weasel, weasel out, weazen, widen the distance, wilt, wince, withdraw, withdraw from, wither, wizen, writhe

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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