butter, lard, or other fat, used to make pastry, bread, etc., short.
Phonetics. the act, process, or an instance of making or becoming short.
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.
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How to use shortening in a sentence
The pandemic has also played a role, limiting international sales and shortening vendor and publishing staffs worldwide.Anime and manga will take center stage at the Olympics. It could fuel a boom in interest. | Kyle Melnick | July 22, 2021 | Washington Post
Then add water — cold water so the shortening won’t melt until it hits the oven — and work it in until the dough is just wet enough to hold itself together.America forgot how to make proper pie. Can we remember before it’s too late? | Megan McArdle | July 1, 2021 | Washington Post
The team speculates that recent research on telomere shortening that makes similar lifespan estimates suggests this could be a promising avenue for this search.How Long Can We Live? New Research Says the Human Lifespan Tops Out at 150 | Edd Gent | June 7, 2021 | Singularity Hub
The shortening ensures that the centers of the cookies remain soft.Caramelized banana chocolate chunk cookies are the new best use for the rest of that bunch | Jesse Szewczyk | December 2, 2020 | Washington Post
It’s been the general consensus that cooler temperatures and shortening day lengths are the main signals that trees use to decide when to drop their leaves.Climate change is affecting fall foliage, but not in the way you think | Ula Chrobak | November 30, 2020 | Popular-Science
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.
And in the world of quantitative investing, even unpublished strategies have ever-shortening shelf-lives.
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.
It is true that up to a certain point shortening the hours of labor actually increases the total product.
We ought to attempt such a shortening as will strain the machine to a breaking point, but never break it.
The shortening of the general hours of work, then, should be among the primary aims of social reform.
In the leaping kangaroo and jerboa a shortening of the arms and lengthening of the legs appear.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
Let us, therefore, by calling on Mary for help, do our part toward shortening the days of visitation and trial.Mary, Help of Christians | Various
British Dictionary definitions for shortening
butter, lard, or other fat, used in a dough, cake mixture, etc, to make the mixture short
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