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[shring-kij] /ˈʃrɪŋ kɪdʒ/
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
First recorded in 1790-1800; shrink + -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If, as is generally believed, the globe is still contracting, the shrinkage of the surface may cause both these movements.

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

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • The shrinkage around the knots seems to be particularly uneven, so that checking at the knots is quite common.

    Seasoning of Wood Joseph B. Wagner
  • There is some shrinkage in the size of the cotton or paper acted upon.

  • There was an instinctive halt and shrinkage in the presence of wrong.

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

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • Therefore, the estimates of the amount of shrinkage based on the measurements of folds and faults need constant revision upward.

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

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • The extension of the bottom beyond the back allows ample room for shrinkage.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
British Dictionary definitions for shrinkage


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shrinkage

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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