Definition of shrinkage in English:

shrinkage

Syllabification: shrink·age
Pronunciation: /ˈSHriNGkij
 
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noun

  • 1The process, fact, or amount of shrinking: give long curtains good hems to allow for shrinkage
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    • At the beginning of the process, for moderate external glucose concentrations, small shrinkages were observed and vesicle shapes remained quasispherical.
    • Slightly overfill the crack to allow for shrinkage.
    • Formation of shrinkage cracks allows water infiltration that weakens the subgrade, which may lead to further fatigue cracking in the pavement structure.
  • 1.1An allowance made for reduction in the earnings of a business due to wastage or theft.
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    • The effect has been two agency closures, a couple of mergers, and further shrinkage is expected in the coming year.
    • The land of spoilage, shrinkage, of profit margins so thin that the accountant's hands bleed with a thousand sharp cuts.
    • Economic growth in 2006 is expected to slow because of to export shrinkage in the field of heavy production.

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