Definition of shrink-wrap in English:


Syllabification: shrink-wrap


[with object]
  • 1Package (an article) by enclosing it in clinging transparent plastic film that shrinks tightly onto it: (as adjective shrink-wrapped) shrink-wrapped blocks of cheese
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    • Meanwhile, the company shrink-wrapping luggage in plastic is doing a roaring trade.
    • Do I really need to point out the idiocy of shrink-wrapping our houses?
    • A small, field-deployable unit vacuum shrink-wraps the items and wraps them in a thin but high-tensile-strength Kevlar expendable harness.
  • 1.1 (as adjective shrink-wrapped) Computing (Of a product) sold commercially as a ready-made software package.
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    • The company is trying to reduce the number of applications it uses and to standardise on shrink-wrapped items.
    • They buy lots of what Gartner's David Schehr calls shrink-wrapped goods: books, DVDs, CDs and software.
    • We thought we would be able to do that using shrink-wrapped software, but we found that we needed to develop software to enable us to manage that amount of information.


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  • Clinging transparent plastic film used to enclose an article as packaging.
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    • Using containers to move sustainment cargo provides significant benefits over alternatives such as breakbulk pallets, cargo nets, and plastic shrink-wrap.
    • He enclosed about 70 percent of the tube in shrink-wrap plastic.
    • In fact, it even described how the body was wrapped in some kind of shrink-wrap paper.

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