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shrinkage

[shring-kij] /ˈʃrɪŋ kɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the act or fact of shrinking.
2.
the amount or degree of shrinking.
3.
reduction or depreciation in quantity, value, etc.
4.
contraction of a fabric in finishing or washing.
5.
the difference between the original weight of livestock and that after it has been prepared for marketing.
6.
Commerce. loss of merchandise through breakage, pilferage, shoplifting, etc.
Origin of shrinkage
1790-1800
1790-1800; shrink + -age
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shrinkage

/ˈʃrɪŋkɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the act or fact of shrinking
2.
the amount by which anything decreases in size, value, weight, etc
3.
the loss in body weight during shipment and preparation of livestock for marketing as meat
4.
the loss of merchandise in a retail store through theft or damage
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Word Origin and History for shrinkage
n.

1713, "act or fact of shrinking," from shrink (v.) + -age. Meaning "amount by which something has shrunk" is from 1862.

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