Meaning of shortening
Pronunciation: (shôrt'ning, shôr'tn-ing), [key]
- butter, lard, or other fat, used to make pastry, bread, etc., short.
- 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.
- Seeclipped form.
- shortening (Thesaurus)