shortcut

[ shawrt-kuht ]
/ ˈʃɔrtˌkʌt /

noun

a shorter or quicker way.
a method, procedure, policy, etc., that reduces the time or energy needed to accomplish something.
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

constituting or providing a shorter or quicker way: shortcut methods.

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Origin of shortcut

First recorded in 1560–70; short + cut

Definition for shortcut (2 of 2)

short-cut

[ shawrt-kuht ]
/ ˈʃɔrtˌkʌt /

verb (used with object), short-cut, short-cut·ting.

to cause to be shortened by the use of a shortcut.

verb (used without object), short-cut, short-cut·ting.

to use or take a shortcut.

Origin of short-cut

First recorded in 1560–70

Related forms

short-cut·ter, noun
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