• WordNet 3.6
    • n shrinking the act of becoming less
    • n shrinking process or result of becoming less or smaller "the material lost 2 inches per yard in shrinkage"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sun shrinks five feet every hour
    • Shrinking a. & n. from Shrink.
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  • Thomas Szasz
    “Adulthood is the ever-shrinking period between childhood and old age. It is the apparent aim of modern industrial societies to reduce this period to a minimum.”
  • Anais Nin
    “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.”
  • Niccolo Machiavelli
    “Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.”
  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    “When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Nominee. A modest gentleman shrinking from the distinction of private life and diligently seeking the honorable obscurity of public office.”


Shrinking violet - A shrinking violet is a shy person who doesn't express their views and opinions.


In literature:

Did Alice fancy it, or did Lacomb wince, and shrink back?
"The Moving Picture Girls at Sea" by Laura Lee Hope
The salamander paused and began to shrink doubtfully.
"The Sky Is Falling" by Lester del Rey
It shrinks home into the heart, that is all.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
Hiram sat forward on the seat, eager, shrinking, exultant, always straining while he shrank.
"The She Boss" by Arthur Preston Hankins
Vesta was very pale, but neither shrinking nor negative.
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
He gripped the slim, childish arm, and pushed the shrinking form before him.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
Does not your soul shrink with dismay at the infamy we behold everywhere at the present time?
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Or would she shrink from the toil and pain and danger of quitting England?
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
I do not shrink from its duties.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
Where the necessity exists, it is base to shrink from doing one's part.
"Girls and Women" by Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}

In poetry:

Watch how they shrink!
Toys for the high ones,
Noise for the sky-ones —
"Wassail Song " by E J Rupert Atkinson
I shrink not at the future
Whatever it may be,
But joy in full assurance
Of faith's expectancy.
"The Future" by Jared Barhite
When a crisis heaves in view,
Manfully meet it;
Do not shrink or be dismay'd,
Cheerfully greet it.
"The Crisis" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
With shrinking hearts, we view the ghastly shape;
We look into its eyes with fear and dread,
And know that we can never more escape
Until the grave doth fold us with the dead.
"Spectres" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
I do not think that I should shrink or falter,
But just go on,
Doing my work, nor change, nor seek to alter
Aught that is gone;
But rise and move and love and smile and pray
For one more day.
"When?" by Susan Coolidge
Oh, the weakness of the flesh was there¯the shrinking and the shame;
And the low voice of the Tempter like whispers to me came,
"Why sit'st thou thus forlornly," the wicked murmur said,
"Damp walls thy bower beauty, cold earth thy maiden bed?
"Cassandra Southwick" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

But there remains debate over why they're shrinking, and at what rate.
Many studies suggest, though, that the Himalayan glaciers have been shrinking over the past few decades.
The Incredible Growing—And Shrinking— Hine Development.
Swear to God, if I were trying to build things in this city, I'd propose the biggest possible project at the outset of a public negotiation, anticipating that it would shrink by at least 10 percent during the process.
Ever heard of a skin shrink.
According to research by the Pew Forum, young people are becoming less religious and many churches are shrinking as a result, but Idlewild Presbyterian Church isn't one of them.
Earth Loses Its 'Air Conditioner': Arctic Ice Cap Shrinks to Record Low Level.
As most within the jazz world know, the opportunity to hear "America's classical music" via our country's airwaves continues to shrink at an alarming rate.
Jacky 's on Prairie Bought by Its Chef, Menu to Shrink.
When your job involved writing and editing for the ever-shrinking print media landscape, it can be even more troubling.
The manpower at Beale Airforce base is expected to shrink under the proposed budget for next year.
Advantage shrinks in playoff race.
A new measure shows the typical amount of time it takes to sell a home is shrinking, according to the National Association of Realtors.
Many new Republicans were elected on a platform of shrinking the federal government.
First, any bank we nationalize will be forced, both by the regulators and the marketplace, to shrink dramatically.

In science:

We shrink the cover U by taking sets ˜U = N−n (U ) = U \ Nn (X \ U ) for all U ∈ U where Nn (A) denotes the n-neighborhood of A.
Groups with a polynomial dimension growth
Given a loop on S , we shrink it to a loop on Γ′ T .
Moduli spaces of convex projective structures on surfaces
The low temperature limit effectively selects only jumps between points with energies in a small interval [−E (β ), E (β )] shrinking to zero as β ↑ ∞.
Mott law as lower bound for a random walk in a random environment
For d = 2, Fig. 9(b) shows that Q decreases slowly and the entrained phase continues to shrink with L.
Collective synchronization in spatially extended systems of coupled oscillators with random frequencies
Now, consider a polymer chain situated in the random potential, and assume that it shrinks into a volume Ω corresponding to a place where the mean potential V takes on a lower value than usual.
Localization of Polymers in Random Media: Analogy with Quantum Particles in Disorder