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shortcut

[shawrt-kuht] /ˈʃɔrtˌkʌt/
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
4.
constituting or providing a shorter or quicker way:
shortcut methods.
Origin of shortcut
1560-1570
First recorded in 1560-70; short + cut

short-cut

[shawrt-kuht] /ˈʃɔrtˌkʌt/
verb (used with object), short-cut, short-cutting.
1.
to cause to be shortened by the use of a shortcut.
verb (used without object), short-cut, short-cutting.
2.
to use or take a shortcut.
Origin
First recorded in 1560-70
Related forms
short-cutter, noun
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Examples from the Web for shortcut
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  • It is a shortcut indicating that the word should have two m's in succession.

    The Frontier in American History

    Frederick Jackson Turner
  • However, I'm still hopeful of finding a shortcut through Laro.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • A shortcut brought me—I could wish it had been shorter still.

  • "Well, I've got to be one of them," she said in her shortcut American way.

    The Messenger

    Elizabeth Robins
  • I don't want to walk up the hill, even if you do have a shortcut.

    Baartock Lewis Roth
Word Origin and History for shortcut
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
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