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ˈʃɔrt nɪŋ, ˈʃɔr tn ɪŋshort·en·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shorteningnoun

    fat such as butter or lard used in baked goods

  2. shorteningnoun

    act of decreasing in length

    "the dress needs shortening"


  1. shorteningnoun

    Solid fat, such as butter, lard or hydrogenated vegetable oil, used to make shortcrust pastry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shortening

    of Shorten

  2. Shorteningnoun

    the act of making or becoming short or shorter

  3. Shorteningnoun

    that which renders pastry short or friable, as butter, lard, etc


  1. Shortening

    Shortening is any fat that is solid at room temperature and used to make crumbly pastry. In pastries such as cake, which should not be elastic, shortening is used. Although butter is solid at room temperature and is frequently used in making pastry, the term "shortening" seldom refers to butter but is more closely related to margarine.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shortening in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shortening in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of shortening in a Sentence

  1. Marie Schubert:

    Allowing the early release of the most dangerous criminals, shortening sentences as much as 50%, impacts crime victims and creates a serious public safety risk, this petition asks CDCR to repeal these regulations, begin the process anew, and allow for transparency and public input. Victims, their families, and all Californians deserve a fair and honest debate about the wisdom of such drastic regulations.

  2. Nils Muiznieks:

    (Slovenia) is becoming a country of destination for asylum seekers, and the authorities should improve the quality of the services available to them, including by shortening the length of asylum procedures.

  3. Janice Nolen:

    You're changing the way a child's lung functions while a child is growing up, that has lifelong implications. You're shortening a life because somebody develops a heart attack ... or dies of an asthma attack, and those are not reversible.

  4. Med Jones:

    The knowledge, wealth, and development gaps among nations is reducing and the reign of superpowers is shortening. Just look at the history of the Roman, Islamic, Russian and British empires, the newer the power the shorter the reign. In the economic and business worlds the same power cycles apply. Ford, IBM, Nokia and other companies lost their leadership position to newer companies faster than their predecessors

  5. Steve Weatherford:

    This 24 year old giving up his career is a dramatic statement and something to be reckoned with, we'll see more and more poor kids populate the game. Middle income kids will say,' I have a choice and I don't want to take a chance of shortening my life.' .

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    clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing
    • A. permutation
    • B. accessory
    • C. endeavor
    • D. equity

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