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shortcut

[shawrt-kuht]
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noun
  1. a shorter or quicker way.
  2. a method, procedure, policy, etc., that reduces the time or energy needed to accomplish something.
  3. Computers.
    1. a link to a software application, file, or website, usually represented as a graphical icon that can be clicked on to quickly access or open it: You can create a desktop shortcut to a web page you've visited.
    2. Also called keyboard shortcut. hotkey.
adjective
  1. constituting or providing a shorter or quicker way: shortcut methods.

Origin of shortcut

First recorded in 1560–70; short + cut

short-cut

[shawrt-kuht]
verb (used with object), short-cut, short-cut·ting.
  1. to cause to be shortened by the use of a shortcut.
verb (used without object), short-cut, short-cut·ting.
  1. to use or take a shortcut.

Origin of short-cut

First recorded in 1560–70
Related formsshort-cut·ter, noun
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n.

also short-cut, "path not as long as the ordinary way," 1610s, from short (adj.) + cut (n.). Figurative use is attested earlier (1580s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper