What does the word dwindle mean?

Usage examples for dwindle

  1. If in Australia we were to exclude as 'outsiders' all the leading colonists who are in the habit of intoxicating themselves- to say nothing of the chance customers- 'society' would dwindle down to nearly two- thirds its present size. – Town Life in Australia 1883 by R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
  2. A time will come when you are old, when the body will dwindle and some beautiful sunshiny day, when everything laughs and rejoices, you will lie like a withered straw! – The Ice-Maiden: and Other Tales. by Hans Christian Andersen