shortening

noun short·en·ing \ ˈshȯrt-niŋ , ˈshȯr-tᵊn-iŋ \

Definition of shortening

1 :the action or process of making or becoming short; specifically :the dropping of the latter part of a word so as to produce a new and shorter word of the same meaning
2 :an edible fat used to shorten baked goods

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First Known Use of shortening

1538


SHORTENING Defined for English Language Learners

shortening

noun

Definition of shortening for English Language Learners

  • : a fat (such as butter) that is used in cooking or baking


SHORTENING Defined for Kids

shortening

noun short·en·ing \ ˈshȯr-tᵊn-iŋ , ˈshȯrt-niŋ \

Definition of shortening for Students

:a fat used in baking especially to make pastry flaky


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