Definitions of shortening
  1. noun
    fat such as butter or lard used in baked goods
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    edible fat
    oily or greasy matter making up the bulk of fatty tissue in animals and in seeds and other plant tissue
  2. noun
    act of decreasing in length
    “the dress needs shortening
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    shortening something by omitting parts of it
    cut, cutting, cutting off
    the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends
    contraction, muscle contraction, muscular contraction
    (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)
    the act of cutting short
    clip, clipping, snip
    the act of clipping or snipping
    the act of cutting the hair
    clipping, trim, trimming
    cutting down to the desired size or shape
    removing by cutting off or clipping
    an abnormal and usually permanent contraction of a muscle
    a sustained muscular contraction resulting from a rapid series of nerve impulses
    uterine contraction
    a rhythmic tightening in labor of the upper uterine musculature that contracts the size of the uterus and pushes the fetus toward the birth canal
    Braxton-Hicks contraction, false labor
    painless contractions of the muscles of the uterus that continue throughout pregnancy with increasing frequency
    muscular contraction that causes the vagina to close; usually an anxiety reaction before coitus or pelvic examination
    type of:
    decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down
    the act of decreasing or reducing something
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