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Meaning of SHRIVEL

Pronunciation:  'shrivul

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  decrease in size, range, or extent; "His earnings shrank"; "My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me"
  2. [v]  wither, esp. with a loss of moisture; "The fruit dried and shriveled"
 

SHRIVEL is a 7 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: shrink, shrivel up, wither
 
 See Also: atrophy, decrease, die back, die down, diminish, dry up, fall, lessen, mummify

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Shriv"el\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Shriveled}or
    {Shrivelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shriveling} or {Shrivelling}.]
    [Probably akin to shrimp, shrink; cf. dial. AS. screpa to
    pine away, Norw. skrypa to waste, skryp, skryv, transitory,
    frail, Sw. skr["o]pling feeble, Dan. skr["o]belig, Icel.
    skrj?pr brittle, frail.]
    To draw, or be drawn, into wrinkles; to shrink, and form
    corrugations; as, a leaf shriveles in the hot sun; the skin
    shrivels with age; -- often with up.
    
    
  2. \Shriv"el\, v. t.
    To cause to shrivel or contract; to cause to shrink onto
    corruptions.
    
    
 

 

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