short elevator muscle of rib n.
Any of the muscles that arise from the transverse processes of the last cervical vertebra and the eleven thoracic vertebrae and are inserted into the next rib below.
verb (used with object) 1. to make short or shorter. 2. to reduce, decrease, take in, etc.: to shorten sail. 3. to make (pastry, bread, etc.) short, as with butter or other fat. 4. Sports. choke (def 8). verb (used without object) 5. to become short or shorter. 6. (of odds) to decrease. verb 1. […]
noun 1. an abbreviated form of a multisyllable word; clipped form. 2. a contraction or abbreviation.
noun 1. butter, lard, or other fat, used to make pastry, bread, etc., short. 2. Phonetics. the act, process, or an instance of making or becoming short. 3. Linguistics. the act or process of dropping one or more syllables from a word or phrase to form a shorter word with the same meaning, as in […]
noun 1. one of the two catechisms established by the Westminster Assembly in 1647, used chiefly in Presbyterian churches. Shorter Catechism noun 1. (mainly Presbyterian Church) the more widely used and influential of two catechisms of religious instruction drawn up in 1647