[ shringk-rap ]

verb (used with object),shrink-wrapped, shrink-wrap·ping.
  1. to wrap and seal (a book, a food product, etc.) in a flexible film of plastic that, when exposed to a heating process, shrinks to the contour of the merchandise.

  1. the plastic film used to shrink-wrap something.

Origin of shrink-wrap

First recorded in 1965–70
  • Also shrinkwrap, shrink-pack, shrink·pack [shringk-pak]. /ˈʃrɪŋkˌpæk/.

Words Nearby shrink-wrap Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for shrink-wrap


verb-wraps, -wrapping or -wrapped
  1. (tr) to package (a product) in a flexible plastic wrapping designed to shrink about its contours to protect and seal it

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