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Meaning of SHRIVEL

Pronunciation:  'shrivul

WordNet Dictionary
  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
  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