• Shorten Definition & Synonyms

  1. (v. i.) To become short or shorter; as, the day shortens in northern latitudes from June to December; a metallic rod shortens by cold.
  2. (a.) To make short or friable, as pastry, with butter, lard, pot liquor, or the like.
  3. (a.) To make short or shorter in measure, extent, or time; as, to shorten distance; to shorten a road; to shorten days of calamity.
  4. (a.) To make deficient (as to); to deprive; -- with of.
  5. (a.) To reduce or diminish in amount, quantity, or extent; to lessen; to abridge; to curtail; to contract; as, to shorten work, an allowance of food, etc.

Abbreviate, Abridge, Bowdlerize, Castrate, Contract, Cut, Expurgate, Foreshorten, Reduce,

• Shortener Definition & Synonyms

  1. (n.) One who, or that which, shortens.

• Shortening Definition & Synonyms

  1. (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Shorten
  2. (n.) The act of making or becoming short or shorter.
  3. (n.) That which renders pastry short or friable, as butter, lard, etc.