a past participle of shrink.
contracted or lessened in size, extent, or scope: Many state agencies are operating with a shrunken workforce.
- un·shrunk·en, adjective
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How to use shrunken in a sentence
Still, that’s enough to tell that many of them seem like slightly shrunken versions of Neptune, with thick, toxic atmospheres.The Planets with the Giant Diamonds Inside - Issue 102: Hidden Truths | Corey S. Powell | July 7, 2021 | Nautilus
Fairfax and Loudoun County public schools seized on the shrunken distance to expand the number of days of in-person learning they are offering to students this semester — going from two days a week to four days a week of face-to-face instruction.Northern Virginia schools promise normal fall, but differ on how to treat remote learners | Hannah Natanson | April 23, 2021 | Washington Post
Houses disappeared, only for a portion of the building to reappear closer to the road, shrunken or engorged.VR exercise app ‘VZfit’ overwhelms the senses in all the wrong ways | Mike Hume | April 22, 2021 | Washington Post
In a year where the shrunken salary cap has made much of the NFC exactly that, it’s a very good place for Washington to find itself.Many NFL teams are facing a salary cap crunch. That gives Washington a big opportunity. | Les Carpenter | March 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Even in this shrunken pandemic form, the stage is about more than football, and it brings us back together, in spirit at least.This odd Super Bowl will bring us together for a day. Let’s not take that for granted. | Jerry Brewer | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
And I like the way you carried your mic pack like it was a shrunken head.A Reality TV Competition About Reading? Literary Death Match Wants a Show | Melissa Goldstein | December 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
I miss the strife His shrunken staff, his hungry wife Inflame chafe!The Song of Newt Gingrich: From Longshot To Hotshot To No Shot | | April 26, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
So says Thomas Hobbes, whose definition of all laughter illuminates those moments when we smugly parade past the shrunken giants.GOP Primaries Provide a Feast for Our Schadenfreude Appetite | Eric G. Wilson | January 19, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
With a taut, shrunken face, a penchant for cocaine injections, and a fondness for disguise and deception, Holmes is his own Hyde.
One sweater, in particular, a short-sleeve, shrunken crewneck, was charmingly marked by teardrop-shaped dollops of teal blue.
You would see it small, shrunken, dropped together, just like the body of a materialising medium at a seance.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
He stopped and supported his shrunken frame wearily on his crutches, and leaned against a neighboring wall.The Real Latin Quarter | F. Berkeley Smith
The only trace of hair upon his countenance grew on the shrunken upper lip—mere wisps of white down.Dope | Sax Rohmer
Sirdeller himself, in the clear light which streamed through the large window, seemed more aged and shrunken than ever.The Double Four | E. Phillips Oppenheim
The young king, pale and shrunken, lay as if buried in his sheets, his pinched little face scarcely showing on the pillow.Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for shrunken
a past participle of shrink
(usually prenominal) reduced in size: a shrunken head
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