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shortening

[ shawrt-ning, shawr-tn-ing ]
/ ˈʃɔrt nɪŋ, ˈʃɔr tn ɪŋ /
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noun
butter, lard, or other fat, used to make pastry, bread, etc., short.
Phonetics. the act, process, or an instance of making or becoming short.
Linguistics.
  1. 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.
  2. clipped form.
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Origin of shortening

First recorded in 1535–45; shorten + -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for shortening

shortening
/ (ˈʃɔːtənɪŋ) /

noun
butter, lard, or other fat, used in a dough, cake mixture, etc, to make the mixture short
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