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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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