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shrinkage

[shring-kij] /ˈʃrɪŋ kɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the act or fact of shrinking.
2.
the amount or degree of shrinking.
3.
reduction or depreciation in quantity, value, etc.
4.
contraction of a fabric in finishing or washing.
5.
the difference between the original weight of livestock and that after it has been prepared for marketing.
6.
Commerce. loss of merchandise through breakage, pilferage, shoplifting, etc.
Origin of shrinkage
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; shrink + -age
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  • A very important factor in the value of a fabric is the shrinkage.

    Textiles

    William H. Dooley
  • The quotient multiplied by 100 will give the per cent of shrinkage.

    Textiles

    William H. Dooley
  • The creditor foresaw the shrinkage of his property, and feared it.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • The time will come when over at our office there will be a shrinkage.

    In Our Town William Allen White
  • Moreover, shrinkage is often unequal in different portions of the same piece.

    Seasoning of Wood Joseph B. Wagner
  • This shrinkage is more particularly to be observed in the case of cotton.

  • There is some shrinkage in the size of the cotton or paper acted upon.

  • It is very easy to make and fit, and is not materially affected by shrinkage.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • Where there is a mitred or flush joint, the shrinkage is certain to show.

    Convenient Houses

    Louis Henry Gibson
British Dictionary definitions for shrinkage

shrinkage

/ˈʃrɪŋkɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the act or fact of shrinking
2.
the amount by which anything decreases in size, value, weight, etc
3.
the loss in body weight during shipment and preparation of livestock for marketing as meat
4.
the loss of merchandise in a retail store through theft or damage
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Word Origin and History for shrinkage
n.

1713, "act or fact of shrinking," from shrink (v.) + -age. Meaning "amount by which something has shrunk" is from 1862.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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