butter, lard, or other fat, used to make pastry, bread, etc., short.
Phonetics. the act, process, or an instance of making or becoming short.
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 forming piano from pianoforte or phone from telephone.
verb (used with object)
to make short or shorter.
to reduce, decrease, take in, etc.:
to shorten sail.
to make (pastry, bread, etc.) short, as with butter or other fat.
Sports. choke (def 8).
verb (used without object)
to become short or shorter.
(of odds) to decrease.
butter, lard, or other fat, used in a dough, cake mixture, etc, to make the mixture short
to make or become short or shorter
(transitive) (nautical) to reduce the area of (sail)
(transitive) to make (pastry, bread, etc) short, by adding butter or another fat
(gambling) to cause (the odds) to lessen or (of odds) to become less
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
adjective, shorter, shortest. 1. having little length; not long. 2. having little height; not tall: a short man. 3. extending or reaching only a little way: a short path. 4. brief in duration; not extensive in time: a short wait. 5. brief or concise, as writing. 6. rudely brief; abrupt; hurting: short behavior. 7. low […]
- Shortest job first
algorithm A scheduling algorithm used in multitasking operating systems that favours processes with the shortest estimated running time. (1998-04-25)
- Short extensor muscle of big toe
short extensor muscle of big toe n. The medial belly of the short extensor muscle of the toes, whose tendon is inserted into the base of the proximal phalanx of the big toe.