What does the word shrivel mean?

Usage examples for shrivel

  1. An essential and beautiful part of their humanity has been allowed to shrivel away until it has been lost sight of in their calculations. – Heart and Soul by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
  2. The leaves of plants first developed and perfected, and therefore nearer the surface of the soil, shrivel up and become yellow, lose their vitality, and fall off while the plant is in an active state of growth, without any visible cause. – Familiar Letters of Chemistry by Justus Liebig