noun Date: 1538 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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  • Shortening — Short en*ing, n. 1. The act of making or becoming short or shorter. [1913 Webster] 2. (Cookery) That which renders pastry short or friable, as butter, lard, etc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shortening — index curtailment, decrease, decrement, deduction (diminution) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • shortening — butter or other fat used in baking, 1796, from shorten make crumbly (1733), from SHORT (Cf. short) in the secondary sense of easily crumbled (early 15c.), which perhaps arose via the notion of having short fibers. This is also the sense behind… …   Etymology dictionary

  • shortening — ► NOUN ▪ fat used for making pastry …   English terms dictionary

  • shortening — [shôrt′ n iŋ, shôrt′niŋ] n. 1. the act of making or becoming short or shorter 2. edible fat, esp. as used to make pastry, etc. crisp or flaky …   English World dictionary

  • shortening — /shawrt ning, shawr tn ing/, n. 1. butter, lard, or other fat, used to make pastry, bread, etc., short. 2. Phonet. the act, process, or an instance of making or becoming short. 3. Ling. a. the act or process of dropping one or more syllables from …   Universalium

  • Shortening — Shortenings sind Suspensionen von kristallinen Fetten in Öl oder halbflüssigen Fetten. Der deutsche Handelsname ist ungehärtetes Pflanzenfett . Die festen Fette kommen dabei häufig in der stabilen β Modifikation vor und sind nur zu ca. 1% gelöst …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • shortening — n. (esp. AE) vegetable shortening * * * [ ʃɔːtnɪŋ] (esp. AE) vegetable shortening …   Combinatory dictionary

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