HyperDic: shortening

English > 2 senses of the word shortening:
NOUNfoodshorteningfat such as butter or lard used in baked goods
actshorteningact of decreasing in length
shortening > pronunciation
Soundsshao'rtahnihng; shao'rtnihng
Rhymesabducting ... zoning: 2044 rhymes with ihng...
English > shortening: 2 senses > noun 1, food
Meaningfat such as butter or lard used in baked goods.
Broaderedible fatoily or greasy matter making up the bulk of fatty tissue in animals and in seeds and other plant tissue
Spanishmanteca de hojaldre, manteca
Catalanmantega
English > shortening: 2 senses > noun 2, act
MeaningAct of decreasing in length.
Example"the dress needs shortening"
Narrowerabbreviationshortening something by omitting parts of it
contraction, muscular contraction, muscle contraction(physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)
cut, cutting, cutting offThe act of shortening something by chopping off the ends
truncationThe act of cutting short
Broaderdecrease, diminution, reduction, step-downThe act of decreasing or reducing something
Spanishabreviación, abreviatura, acortamiento
Catalanabreviatura, escurçada, escurçament
Verbsshortenmake short or shorter

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