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Shrink

A slang term for the losses a retail company suffers from shoplifting. Some companies, such as grocery stores, may build shrink into their earnings estimates.
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Consider steady, two dimensional and incompressible laminar flow of viscous fluid through porous medium over a stretching/ shrinking surface.
This parallelism between indistinguishability and infinity corresponds with the final moments of The Incredible Shrinking Man in which Carey considers the mystical trajectory of his diminishment as continuing on from the subatomic level to the astronomical scale.
Thus, government policies to enhance overall productivity will help maintain living standards, despite a shrinking labor force.
Since the cost of today's technology--both hardware and software--is shrinking, one would expect tax software prices to shrink, too.
In some circumstances, the shrinking of the rent to the winning firm that arises from opponents' expenditures is mirrored by the consideration that the losing firms' expenditures were not pure losses.
(Although the capital-to-asset ratio of New England banks has been increasing in the past two years, this improvement is primarily the result of shrinking assets rather than of capital growth.)
But the world is also shrinking in the sense that there are more political and economic refugees on a global basis than ever before; shrinking in the sense that there are more starving pople than ever before; shrinking in the sense that the population explosion continues and more and more people demand space, food, clothes, homes, and all the paraphernalia modern technology churns out to the benefit of the consumers.
HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS C4, 2.25pm Stars Rick Moranis as Wayne Szalinski, who invents an electromagnetic shrinking machine.
but the volumes are shrinking faster than that expensive golf shirt that you accidentally put in the dryer.
In the short-term (three to five years), Japan's shrinking population (expected to start falling by 2007) will shrink the labor force, tighten labor market conditions, and lower the jobless rate.
is to break the tight adhesion of the cooling and shrinking part to the mold core.
Because many other elements should be capable of ytterbium's shrinking trick, the new approach could amount to a versatile strategy for making zero-expansion materials, says Kanatzidis.