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. 2000.

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  • Shrunken — Shrunk en, p. p. & a. from {Shrink}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shrunken — [shruŋ′kən] vi., vt. alt. pp. of SHRINK adj. contracted in size; shriveled …   English World dictionary

  • shrunken — [[t]ʃrʌ̱ŋkən[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone or something that is shrunken has become smaller than they used to be. She now looked small, shrunken and pathetic... His shrunken thighs were barely strong enough to support the weight of his body …   English dictionary

  • shrunken — adjective 1. lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness the old woman s shriveled skin he looked shriveled and ill a shrunken old man a lanky scarecrow of a man with withered face and lantern jaws W.F.Starkie he did well despite his… …   Useful english dictionary

  • shrunken — shrunk|en [ˈʃrʌŋkən] adj [usually before noun] having become smaller or been made smaller ▪ a shrunken old woman …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shrunken — shrunk|en [ ʃrʌŋkən ] adjective smaller than before or smaller than is natural: shrunken muscles …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shrunken — adjective (usually before noun) having become smaller or been made smaller: a shrunken old woman …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • shrunken — UK [ˈʃrʌŋk(ə)n] / US [ˈʃrʌŋkən] adjective smaller than before, or smaller than is natural shrunken muscles …   English dictionary

  • shrunken — /shrung keuhn/, v. a pp. of shrink. * * * …   Universalium

  • shrunken — adjective Reduced in size as a result of shrinkage; shriveled …   Wiktionary

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