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Meaning of SHRINK

Pronunciation:  shringk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a physician who specializes in psychiatry
  2. [v]  decrease in size, range, or extent; "His earnings shrank"; "My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me"
  3. [v]  draw together; "The fabric shrank"
  4. [v]  reduce in size; reduce physically; "Hot water will shrink the sweater"; "Can you shrink this image?"
  5. [v]  wither, esp. with a loss of moisture; "The fruit dried and shriveled"
  6. [v]  draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"

SHRINK is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: contract, cringe, flinch, funk, head-shrinker, psychiatrist, quail, recoil, reduce, shrivel, shrivel up, squinch, wince, wither
 Antonyms: stretch
 See Also: alienist, analyst, atrophy, Charles Frederick Menninger, Charles Menninger, decrease, depopulate, desolate, die back, die down, diminish, dry up, fall, flex, Harry Stack Sullivan, Jaspers, Karl Augustus Menninger, Karl Jaspers, Karl Menninger, Karl Theodor Jaspers, lessen, medical specialist, Menninger, miniaturise, miniaturize, minify, move, mummify, psychoanalyst, reef, retract, scale down, shrink, shrink back, specialist, Sullivan, William Claire Menninger, William Menninger



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}.] [OE.
    shrinken, schrinken, AS. scrincan; akin to OD. schrincken,
    and probably to Sw. skrynka a wrinkle, skrynkla to wrinkle,
    to rumple, and E. shrimp, n. & v., scrimp. CF. {Shrimp}.]
    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.
             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.
             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
    3. To express fear, horror, or pain by contracting the body,
       or part of it; to shudder; to quake. [R.] --Shak.
  2. \Shrink\, v. t.
    1. To cause to contract or shrink; as, to shrink finnel by
       imersing it in boiling water.
    2. To draw back; to withdraw. [Obs.]
             The Libyc Hammon shrinks his horn.    --Milton.
    {To shrink on} (Mach.), to fix (one piece or part) firmly
       around (another) by natural contraction in cooling, as a
       tire on a wheel, or a hoop upon a cannon, which is made
       slightly smaller than the part it is to fit, and expanded
       by heat till it can be slipped into place.
  3. \Shrink\, n.
    The act shrinking; shrinkage; contraction; also, recoil;
          Yet almost wish, with sudden shrink, That I had less to
          praise.                                  --Leigh Hunt.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are shrinking, suggests that you lack self-confidence and self-esteem. You may also feel embarrassed or unimportant in some situation. Perhaps you feel that you have been overlooked by others. Alternatively, the dream may refer to a time were you were young and small and thus symbolic of your childhood. Seeing others shrink in your dream indicates their insignificance. This may also be a pun on a psychologist and your need to consult one. Seeing objects shrinking in your dream indicates that they are not as important as they once were.