Shortening definition

shôrtn-ĭng, shôrtnĭng
The act of one that shortens.
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A fat, such as butter or lard, used to make cake or pastry light or flaky.
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The act or process of becoming shorter.
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The act of making or becoming short or shorter.
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Edible fat, esp. as used to make pastry, etc. crisp or flaky.
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(cooking) Solid fat, such as butter, lard or hydrogenated vegetable oil, used to make shortcrust pastry.
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Verbal noun form of shorten.
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Present participle of shorten.
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A shortened form of something, as a word.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
shortening
Plural:
shortenings