- noun the amount by which something gets smaller
- noun losses of stock through theft, especially by the shop’s own staff
- Volume decrease caused by drying and/or chemical changes, such as of concrete or wood.
- The reduction in size of baked items or roast meat and poultry due to loss of water. Generally less when cooked at lower temperatures.
- noun a reduction in size of some construction materials as they dry out, which can cause structural instability