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3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shorten \Short"en\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Shortened ?}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shortening}.] [See {Short}, adjective]

1. To make short or shorter in measure, extent, or time; as, to shorten distance; to shorten a road; to shorten days of calamity.

2. 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.

Here, where the subject is so fruitful, I am shortened by my chain. --Dryden.

3. To make deficient (as to); to deprive; -- with of.

Spoiled of his nose, and shortened of his ears. --Dryden.

4. To make short or friable, as pastry, with butter, lard, pot liquor, or the like.

{To shorten a rope} (Naut.), to take in the slack of it.

{To shorten sail} (Naut.), to reduce sail by taking it in.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shorten \Short"en\, verb (used without an object) To become short or shorter; as, the day shortens in northern latitudes from June to December; a metallic rod shortens by cold.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

shorten

verb

1: make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration; "He shortened his trip due to illness" [ant: {lengthen}]

2: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened" [syn: {abridge}, {foreshorten}, {abbreviate}, {shorten}, {cut}, {contract}, {reduce}] [ant: {dilate}, {elaborate}, {enlarge}, {expand}, {expatiate}, {exposit}, {expound}, {flesh out}, {lucubrate}]

3: make short or shorter; "shorten the skirt"; "shorten the rope by a few inches"

4: become short or shorter; "In winter, the days shorten" [ant: {lengthen}]

5: edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; "bowdlerize a novel" [syn: {bowdlerize}, {bowdlerise}, {expurgate}, {castrate}, {shorten}]

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