Shrink

Definition of Shrink

v. i.1.To wrinkle, bend, or curl; to shrivel; hence, to contract into a less extent or compass; to gather together; to become compacted.
Against this fire do I shrink up.
- Shak.
And shrink like parchment in consuming fire.
- Dryden.
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.
3.To express fear, horror, or pain by contracting the body, or part of it; to shudder; to quake.
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.
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.
n.1.The act shrinking; shrinkage; contraction; also, recoil; withdrawal.
Yet almost wish, with sudden shrink,
That I had less to praise.
- Leigh Hunt.
2.a psychiatrist.

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