[ verb ] wither, esp. with a loss of moisture
"The fruit dried and shriveled"
Used in print(J. W. C. Hagstrom et al., "Debilitating muscular...)
In February , 1959 , during the second admission to The New_York_Hospital , a biopsy specimen of the left gastrocnemius showed striking increase in the sarcolemmal sheath nuclei and shrunken muscle_fibers in several sections .
[ verb ] draw back, as with fear or pain
"she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
Used in print(Francis Pollini, Night....)
The man shrank before the hot fury , searching frantically for the answer * * h Finnegan woke_up .
[ verb ] reduce in size; reduce physically
"Hot water will shrink the sweater" "Can you shrink this image?"
Used in print(U.S. News and World Report,...)
Rather , they are impressed with the_British Government 's success in forcing - and helping - the_British textile industry to shrink and to change_over to other products .(Newark Evening News...)
But that heritage is shrinking even faster .
[ verb ] become smaller or draw together
"The fabric shrank" "The balloon shrank"
Used in print(McCall's Needlework and Crafts, Spring-Summer,...)
Do not use wood as it will not shrink with the clay and would cause breakage .