shrink back

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shrink back pull away from a source of disgust or fear
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Usage

In literature:

At my unexpected entry he released his hold, shrinking back with a wild, fierce look in his face, such as I had never before seen.
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
I shrink back, uttering a little muffled cry of horror.
"Under the Southern Cross" by Elizabeth Robins
As he watched, shrinking back against the wall, the grayness deepened, took the form of a man.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
But the trial did not come, and she had no cause to shrink back.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Without shrinking she clasped his vile hand in her dainty one and turned him back toward Susanna's cottage.
"The Brass Bound Box" by Evelyn Raymond
For Dinkie, I could see, was shrinking back in the padded seat.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
When he saw some of the scouts shrink back his lip curled with disdain.
"The Banner Boy Scouts Snowbound" by George A. Warren
He thudded to the floor and rolled over on his back, seeming to shrink as Sally widened her eyes upon him.
"The Calm Man" by Frank Belknap Long
The look of savage triumph on Mead's face made her shrink back for an instant, awed and frightened.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
Shrinking back against the farthest wall, she gave shriek after shriek that seemed to tear the dreadful stillness.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
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In poetry:

If selfishly Thy love I seek,
I seek Thy love in vain.
Place at Thy side need none bespeak
Who shrink back from Thy pain.
"The Seeker" by Lucy Larcom
They come with sudden plunge and shock,
The foremost but to reel—
By heavens! Earlshall shrinks back
At Covenanters' steel!
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson
"For the spirits of my fathers
Would shrink back from me in pride,
If I told them at our greeting
I a slave had lived and died;
"The Dying Bondman" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
The pains, the groans, and dying strife,
Fright our approaching souls away;
Still we shrink back again to life,
Fond of our prison and our clay.
"Hymn 31" by Isaac Watts
Yea, song! shrink back to my spirit's lone deep,
Let others hear only thy moan --
But I -- I forever shall hear the grand sweep
Of thy mighty and tear-burdened tone.
"A Song" by Abram Joseph Ryan
I look and see it there, shrinking, shrinking,
I look back at it amid the rain
For the very last time; for my sand is sinking,
And I shall traverse old love's domain
Never again.
"At Castle Boterel" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

The incredible shrinking economy has infiltrated Monterey County theater: the Western Stage has scaled back.
Given the huge investment in their offspring, expectant mothers seemingly regulate hormone production, shrinking and backing off hormonal secretion, until their bodies detect that embryo implantation has occurred.
LONDON — When their day is done, empires shrink back on themselves, but the yearning for greatness never quite fades.
Shrinking demand and increasing supply have America's natural gas suppliers scaling back production.
Ridge View looked down and out, with their playoff hopes shrinking as an interception gave Pocahontas Area the ball back with under two minutes to play and a 12-10 lead over the Raptors.
Her stomach always shrinks back until she eats again.
A simple fabric device that looks like fishnet hose but acts like support stockings helped weak hearts pump more efficiently and even shrink back to a more normal size, researchers reported at an American Heart Association conference.
Once the cutter is inserted, the force on the OD is released and the ID tries to spring back to its polygon shape thus " shrinking " around the tool and holding it.
A Look Back at the Incredible Shrinking Laptop.
The next US president will be under fire to get millions of people back to work, shrink a soaring federal debt, end the US' longest war, unite a divided country and prevent Iran from building a bomb that could unnerve the world.
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In science:

Shrinking of the Convection Zone As the atmosphere cools in the tail of a burst, its thickness As we described in §2.2.1, the atmosphere does not remain decreases, and it spins back up.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
Eventually, the the cooling atmosphere by assuming it carries a constant flux convection zone shrinks back.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
After rescaling the Hamiltonian back to norm O(1), each round of perturbation theory necessarily shrinks the gap in the spectrum.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
For example, an idea of truncations with shrinking bounds goes back to and .
Truncated Stochastic Approximation with Moving Bounds: Convergence
The pumping cycle (Xp (ϕ), Vp (ϕ)), with ϕ = Ωt, consists of translating the piston some distance to the right, shrinking its “height”, pulling it back to the left, and restoring its original “height”.
Non-adiabatic pumping in an oscillating-piston model
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