Definition of Shrivel

1. Verb. Wither, as with a loss of moisture. "The fruit dried and shriveled"

Exact synonyms: Shrink, Shrivel Up, Wither
Specialized synonyms: Atrophy, Blast, Die Back, Die Down, Dry Up, Mummify
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Diminish, Fall, Lessen

2. Verb. Decrease in size, range, or extent. "Their earnings shrivel this year"; "My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me"
Exact synonyms: Shrink
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Diminish, Fall, Lessen
Derivative terms: Shrinking

Definition of Shrivel

1. v. i. To draw, or be drawn, into wrinkles; to shrink, and form corrugations; as, a leaf shriveles in the hot sun; the skin shrivels with age; -- often with up.

2. v. t. To cause to shrivel or contract; to cause to shrink onto corruptions.

Definition of Shrivel

1. Verb. (intransitive) To collapse inward; to crumble. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To become wrinkled. ¹

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Definition of Shrivel

1. to contract into wrinkles [v -ELED, -ELING, -ELS or -ELLED, -ELLING, -ELS]

Medical Definition of Shrivel

1. To draw, or be drawn, into wrinkles; to shrink, and form corrugations; as, a leaf shriveles in the hot sun; the skin shrivels with age; often with up. Origin: Shriveled or Shrivelled; Shriveling or Shrivelling] [Probably akin to shrimp, shrink; cf. Dial. AS. Screpa to pine away, Norw. Skrypa to waste, skryp, skryv, transitory, frail, Sw. Skropling feeble, Dan. Skrobelig, Icel. Skrjpr brittle, frail. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Shrivel

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1. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1901)
"Allied to Shrimp, Shrug. Shrive: see Shrove-tide. shrivel. (E.) In Shak. An E. word. ... to shrivel up, ..."

2. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1887)
""In all fruit-driers it is observed that the material is liable to contract 01 shrivel in such a manner as to open passages for the heated air, ..."

3. Bulletin by University of the State of New York (1902)
"With this ideal for the teacher's aim, school geography will not in so many cases be a Sahara; the streams of thought will not shrink, shrivel ..."

4. A Dictionary of the Hindee Language by John Drew Bate (1875)
"¬Ľni. to shrink, shrivel, gather up (as the limbs of a tortoise). т. л kind of ... esteem. aud , a. int. to shrink, shrivel, draw up, gather up, contract, ..."

5. Life in Danbury: Being a Brief But Comprehensive Record of the Doings of a by James Montgomery Bailey (1873)
"... by an oyster on its way to a funeral, and the surface will bake brown, and shrivel up in heaps, and split open, and otherwise tend to obstruct business. ..."

6. The Works of William E. Channing, D.D. by William Ellery Channing (1894)
"In the body we see no organs created to -shrivel by disuse ; much less are the powers of the soul given to be locked up in perpetual lethargy. ..."

7. My Point of View: Selections from the Works of Henry Drummond by Henry Drummond (1892)
"... of suspicion men shrivel up; but in that atmosphere they expand, and find encouragement and educative fellowship. It is a wonderful thing that here and ..."

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