- a shorter or quicker way.
- a method, procedure, policy, etc., that reduces the time or energy needed to accomplish something.
- 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.
- Also called keyboard shortcut. hotkey.
- constituting or providing a shorter or quicker way: shortcut methods.
Origin of shortcut
- to cause to be shortened by the use of a shortcut.
- to use or take a shortcut.
Origin of short-cut
First recorded in 1560–70
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Examples from the Web for shortcut
Then, he set to work building a shortcut that would take the minable minerals he found through the mountain.The Mole Man’s Tunnel to Nowhere
November 28, 2014
This sort of “shortcut” is frowned upon in the martial arts community.Fake It Like Batman: Welcome to The Real Fight Club
December 27, 2013
It might also stop falling prey to the notion that the Muslim Brotherhood offers a shortcut to democratic stability.Egypt’s Declaration of Independence: Not So Different From Ours
July 4, 2013
Unwisely, he took a shortcut and so missed the impassable Cabora Bassa cataracts blocking the river.Dr. Livingstone, I Presume? The Victorian Explorer at 200
March 19, 2013
“Paying her dues like that, working her way up—she never tried to shortcut anything,” Lavender said.Colorado Shooting Victim Jessica Ghawi Left an Indelible Impression
July 21, 2012
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.Plays by August Strindberg, Third Series
"Well, I've got to be one of them," she said in her shortcut American way.The Messenger
I don't want to walk up the hill, even if you do have a shortcut.Baartock
Word Origin and History for shortcut
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper