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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Shrink v. i. [imp. Shrank or Shrunk p. p. Shrunk or Shrunken but the latter is now seldom used except as a participial adjective; p. pr. & vb. n. Shrinking.]
 1. To wrinkle, bend, or curl; to shrivel; hence, to contract into a less extent or compass; to gather together; to become compacted.
 And on a broken reed he still did stay
 His feeble steps, which shrunk when hard thereon he lay.   --Spenser.
    I have not found that water, by mixture of ashes, will shrink or draw into less room.   --Bacon.
    Against this fire do I shrink up.   --Shak.
    And shrink like parchment in consuming fire.   --Dryden.
    All the boards did shrink.   --Coleridge.
 2. To withdraw or retire, as from danger; to decline action from fear; to recoil, as in fear, horror, or distress.
 What happier natures shrink at with affright,
 The hard inhabitant contends is right.   --Pope.
    They assisted us against the Thebans when you shrank from the task.   --Jowett (Thucyd.)
 3. To express fear, horror, or pain by contracting the body, or part of it; to shudder; to quake. [R.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a physician who specializes in psychiatry [syn: psychiatrist,
      v 1: wither, especially with a loss of moisture; "The fruit dried
           and shriveled" [syn: shrivel, shrivel up, wither]
      2: draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they
         showed the slaughtering of the calf" [syn: flinch, squinch,
          funk, cringe, wince, recoil, quail]
      3: reduce in size; reduce physically; "Hot water will shrink
         the sweater"; "Can you shrink this image?" [syn: reduce]
      4: become smaller or draw together; "The fabric shrank"; "The
         balloon shrank" [syn: contract] [ant: expand, stretch]
      5: decrease in size, range, or extent; "His earnings shrank";
         "My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me"
         [syn: shrivel]
      [also: shrunken, shrunk, shrank]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : reduced in size by being drawn together; "the shrunken dress
            was entirely too tight to wear" [syn: shrunken]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      See shrink