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English noun: shortening

1. shortening (food) fat such as butter or lard used in baked goods


Broader (hypernym)edible fat

2. shortening (act) act of decreasing in length


SamplesThe dress needs shortening.


Broader (hypernym)decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down


Narrower (hyponym)abbreviation, contraction, cut, cutting, cutting off, muscle contraction, muscular contraction, truncation









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