Shrinking head

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Shrinking head (Founding) a body of molten metal connected with a mold for the purpose of supplying metal to compensate for the shrinkage of the casting; -- called also sinking head, and riser.
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Usage

In literature:

But there, SHE wouldn't shrink from adopting a whole orphan asylum if she took it into her head.
"Anne Of Green Gables" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
He sees the children, the golden head of Astyanax, his shrinking from the splendour of the hero's helm.
"Essays in Little" by Andrew Lang
Fella'd think I was going to cut your head off, the way you dodge and shrink.
"The She Boss" by Arthur Preston Hankins
Roy's quick eye observed the shrinking; he repented instantly, and, drawing Nelly to him, laid her head on his breast.
"Silver Lake" by R.M. Ballantyne
Bella cries; and I shrink out; and am not easy until I have run to bury my head in my mother's bosom.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6" by Charles H. Sylvester
His head and heart both seemed to be shrinking and growing cold.
"The Idler Magazine, Volume III, April 1893" by Various
There must be no shrinking, no losing your head from scare.
"The Crystal Hunters" by George Manville Fenn
The flesh shrinks, disappears and leaves what look like two artificial props to support the head.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
Her head was bent down between her shrinking shoulders as if she were going through the agony of shame and degradation.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The great balloon above their heads was shrinking.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
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In poetry:

Come, rest your Head if Earth rotative seems
And close your Lids from these o'er wakeful Gleams -
Although your Palate cringe you shall not shrink
Within the Kitchen of the House of Dreams.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
But say, if, at night, the sad cry comes for wearing;
The breakers a-head, and the boatswain loud swearing;
When the main-yard dips deep, and white billows break o'er us;
Will my Nancy not shrink then amid the dread chorus?
"Jack And Nancy. A Sea Song" by Hector MacNeill
Were there not friends with words of cheer, And princely vassals nigh?
And priests, the crucifix to rear
Before the glazing eye?
A peasant girl that royal head
Upon her bosom laid,
And, shrinking not for woman's dread, The face of death survey'd.
"A Monarch's Death-Bed" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

In news:

Imagine shrinking an entire blood-testing lab into a device no larger than the head of a thumb tack.
A multidisciplinary research institution is planning to shrink its workforce by up to 800 employees through voluntary buyouts as a way to avoid involuntary layoffs, according to its head.
Designed for maximum efficiency and productivity, the PDC R-500 TS-CB Shrink labeler applies shrink sleeves at speeds between 500 and 600 labels per minute on a single in-line head.
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