1 wither, especially with a loss of moisture; "The fruit dried and shriveled" [syn: shrivel up, shrink, wither]
2 decrease in size, range, or extent; "His earnings shrank"; "My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me" [syn: shrink] [also: shrivelling, shrivelled]
- French: se flétrir
Shrivelling is a natural phenomenon where an object, with an attached sub-elastic covering, has its interior volume reduced in some way. The covering, which cannot contract any further, is then obliged to wrinkle and buckle, in order to preserve surface area while containing the lesser volume.
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