- the act or process of dropping one or more syllables from a word or phrase to form a shorter word with the same meaning, as in forming piano from pianoforte or phone from telephone.
- clipped form.
Definition for shortening (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Examples from the Web for shortening
Remove the butter and shortening from the freezer, and toss them with the dry ingredients, coating them well.
The RNC report recommends cutting the number of debates in half and shortening the debating season.
From freeing prisoners to shortening school weeks, Benjamin Sarlin presents 10 of the toughest cuts.
A law is being considered that would allow the shortening of the 30-day notice period required to get married.
This excellent cake requires no shortening, as cream is used.
(c) Shortening of the length of the rows of cartilage cells.Scurvy Past and Present|Alfred Fabian Hess
Both vessels had prepared for this increased force of the wind by shortening sail.The Fatal Cord|Mayne Reid
He wholly discarded one of the most effective means by which the doctors succeeded in shortening the life of man.Pioneer Surgery in Kentucky|David W. Yandell
In the morning cream together the shortening, sugar and salt.Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking|Unknown
British Dictionary definitions for shortening (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for shortening (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for shortening (1 of 2)
1540s, "action of making short," verbal noun from shorten. Meaning "butter or other fat used in baking" (1796) is from shorten in the sense "make crumbly" (1733), from short (adj.) in the secondary sense of "easily crumbled" (early 15c.), which perhaps arose via the notion of "having short fibers." This is the short in shortbread and shortcake.