(s̸hôrt′'n iŋ, s̸hôrt′niŋ)
- the act of making or becoming short or shorter
- edible fat, esp. as used to make pastry, etc. crisp or flaky
See shortening in American Heritage Dictionary 4
- A fat, such as butter or lard, used to make cake or pastry light or flaky.
- A shortened form of something, as a word.
- The act of one that shortens.
- The act or process of becoming shorter.
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