In mathematics, in the field of topology, a topological space is said to be a shrinking space if every open cover admits a shrinking. A shrinking of an open cover is another open cover indexed by the same indexing set, with the property that the closure of each open set in the shrinking lies inside the corresponding original open set.
The following facts are known about shrinking spaces:
- Every shrinking space is normal.
- Every shrinking space is countably paracompact.
- In a normal space, every locally finite, and in fact, every point finite open cover admits a shrinking.
- Thus, every normal metacompact space is a shrinking space. In particular, every paracompact space is a shrinking space.
- General topology, Stephen Willard, definition 15.9 p. 104