shortening

[ shawrt-ning, shawr-tn-ing ]SEE DEFINITION OF shortening

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The odds are shortening because, by Jove, people have taken the horse.

And up she went and down she went, shortening and lengthening, swelling and decreasing.

Or was it indicative of a shortening of our religious privileges?

Hence the demand has arisen for a shortening of the college course.

With the vague notion of shortening sail, I let the sheet go from my hand.

Romance is a shortening and sharpening of the human difficulty.

But the real difficulty in the shortening of hours lies elsewhere.

But it's a stuffy label—no shortening it, you know, so the fellows all call me Joe.

No cessation occurred, however, in the task of shortening sail.

Shortening of less than half an inch is of no importance as a sign of fracture.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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