shrinking

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

shrink +‎ -ing.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

shrinking

  1. present participle of shrink

Noun[edit]

shrinking (plural shrinkings)

  1. The act of one who, or that which, shrinks; act of becoming smaller or moving timidly away.
    • 1822, The New Monthly Magazine and Literary Journal (volume 6, page 10)
      [] the silent grief beyond the power of words—the generous consolations of the noble sister—the shrinkings of the poor criminal, and his relapsings into a gentler penitence []