- the act or fact of shrinking.
- the amount or degree of shrinking.
- reduction or depreciation in quantity, value, etc.
- contraction of a fabric in finishing or washing.
- the difference between the original weight of livestock and that after it has been prepared for marketing.
- Commerce. loss of merchandise through breakage, pilferage, shoplifting, etc.
Origin of shrinkage
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Examples from the Web for shrinkage
True, much of that shrinkage can be traced to individuals bringing income forward to avoid higher tax rates in 2013.The Deficit's Taking Care of Itself
January 14, 2013
A very important factor in the value of a fabric is the shrinkage.
The quotient multiplied by 100 will give the per cent of shrinkage.
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
- the act or fact of shrinking
- the amount by which anything decreases in size, value, weight, etc
- the loss in body weight during shipment and preparation of livestock for marketing as meat
- the loss of merchandise in a retail store through theft or damage
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Word Origin and History for shrinkage
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