[ US /ˈʃɹɪŋkɪdʒ/ ]
[ UK /ʃɹˈɪŋkɪd‍ʒ/ ]
  1. the amount by which something shrinks
  2. process or result of becoming less or smaller
    the material lost 2 inches per yard in shrinkage
  3. the act of stealing goods that are on display in a store
    shrinkage is the retail trade's euphemism for shoplifting
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How To Use shrinkage In A Sentence

  • Leave a decent overhang in case of shrinkage. Times, Sunday Times
  • A dense wood will have proportionally more elasticity and resistance, but also a greater margin of shrinkage and swelling.
  • Other researchers have suggested that shrinkage occurs when there are long distances between pastures and weighing facilities.
  • The preliminary growth figures come after a 2.2 per cent shrinkage in the first quarter and are worse than government forecasts of a 4.4 per cent decline. Times, Sunday Times
  • Shrinkage cracks and dusting and delaminating problems have been reduced.
  • Due to numerous states' slow recovery from the economic downturn and the shrinkage of state tax revenues in the last few years, more and more states have directed their attention to intercorporate transactions and income shifting schemes. August 2005
  • Reduction in herniated disk volume, as disk shrinkage may reduce nerve root Compression.
  • This is because cotton denim has residual shrinkage and will continue to shrink with each successive wash.
  • Allow for shrinkage Leather corals, unlike some coelenterates, do not spend the entire time fully expanded.
  • To prevent this shrinkage, the wet cloth would be placed on a large wooden frame, a "tenter", and left to dry outside. Pam Holland Designs and Productions
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