Definitions of shortening

n fat such as butter or lard used in baked goods

Type of:
edible fat
oily or greasy matter making up the bulk of fatty tissue in animals and in seeds and other plant tissue

n 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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