Shortcut definition

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(1) In Windows, a shortcut is an icon that points to a program or data file. Shortcuts can be placed on the desktop or stored in other folders, and clicking a shortcut is the same as clicking the original file. However, deleting a shortcut does not remove the original file.In the Mac, a pointer shortcut is called an "alias," and a shortcut is a keyboard command (see below). In both Windows and Mac, right clicking and selecting Create Shortcut or Make Alias accomplishes the same thing. See Win Shortcuts.
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A more direct route than the customary one.
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A means of saving time or effort.
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A shorter way to get to the same place.
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The definition of a shortcut is a faster way of accomplishing something or getting somewhere.

When you find a shorter distance between your home and work by taking back streets, this is an example of a situation where you use a shortcut.

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Any way of saving time, effort, expense, etc.
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To make shorter, as by using a shortcut.
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To take or use a shortcut.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
shortcut
Plural:
shortcuts

Origin of shortcut

  • From cut direct route

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition