shrink-wrap
transitive verb Date: 1959 to wrap (as a book or meat) in tough clear plastic film that is then shrunk (as by heating) to form a tightly fitting package • shrink-wrap noun

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  • shrink-wrap — ˈshrink wrap noun [uncountable] tight plastic wrapping for goods: • The plastic shrink wrap prevents tampering. shrink wrap verb [transitive] : • The free gift is shrink wrapped and glued to the magazine page. * * * Ⅰ. shrink wrap UK US noun [U]… …   Financial and business terms

  • shrink-wrap — shrink wrap, shrinkwrap shrink wrap (shr[i^][ng]k r[a^]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {shrink wrapped} or {shrink wrapped} (shr[i^][ng]k r[a^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. {shrink wrapping} or {shrink wrapping}.] to wrap and seal (an object for sale) in a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shrink-wrap — shrink wrap, shrinkwrap shrink wrap, n. a type of plastic film, usually transparent, that shrinks upon application of heat, and may be used to form a wrapping around objects that fits tightly and closely follows the contours of the wrapped… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shrink-wrap — shrink′ wrap v. wrapped, wrap•ping, n. 1) cvb to wrap and seal in a clear, flexible plastic sheet that when exposed to heat shrinks tightly around the thing it covers 2) cvb the plastic film used to shrink wrap something • Etymology: 1965–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • shrink-wrap — [shriŋk′rap΄] vt. shrink wrapped, shrink wrapping to wrap (a commodity) in a tough, transparent plastic material which is then shrunk by heating to form a sealed, tightfitting package n. a wrapping of such material …   English World dictionary

  • shrink wrap — shrink wrap, a protective plastic cover made by shrink wrapping …   Useful english dictionary

  • Shrink wrap — Shrinkwrapped redirects here. For the album, see Shrinkwrapped (album). Shrink wrap, also shrinkwrap or shrink film, is a material made up of polymer plastic film. When heat is applied to this material it shrinks tightly over whatever it is… …   Wikipedia

  • shrink-wrap — noun the clinging transparent plastic film that is used to shrinkwrap something • Hypernyms: ↑film, ↑plastic film * * * ˈ ̷ ̷ ¦ ̷ ̷ transitive verb : to wrap (as a book or meat) in tough clear plastic film that is then shrunk (as by heating) to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • shrink-wrap — /shringk rap /, v., shrink wrapped, shrink wrapping, n. v.t. 1. to wrap and seal (a book, a food product, etc.) in a flexible film of plastic that, when exposed to a heating process, shrinks to the contour of the merchandise. n. 2. the plastic… …   Universalium

  • shrink wrap — noun clinging transparent plastic film used to enclose an article as packaging. verb (shrink wrap) enclose in shrink wrap …   English new terms dictionary

  • shrink-wrap — 1. noun a) A plastic film that is used to protect an item and which during application contracts so it tightly enclose it. b) The wrapping around an item that has been shrink wrapped. 2. verb To apply shrink wrap to an item. We spent all day… …   Wiktionary

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