American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A more direct route than the customary one.
- n. A means of saving time or effort.
- n. A path between two points that is faster than the commonly used paths.
- n. A method to accomplish something that omits one or more steps.
- n. computing A symlink (symbolic file link); especially, one that appears as an icon.
- n. A keyboard shortcut - a combination of keystrokes that provides easier access to a command or operation
- n. a route shorter than the usual one
- From cut, direct route. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But Ronnie wanted to take what she called a shortcut, which was really more of a long cut past the bigger houses, the ones that sat back on large green lawns with little yellow signs warning dogs and children to stay away because of the chemicals.”
“I don't own a spotting scope so this "shortcut" is invaluable in saving time and ammunition to reach that final objective.”
“I am also not sure that permitting this 'shortcut' is in any of our best interest.”
“This adds KeysConfig … to the Tools menu (or the shortcut is Ctrl+shift+F12).”
“Although a keyboard shortcut is strangely not given for Underline, the standard shortcut does work: Ctrl + U.”
“There are two roads to Hierva el Agua and the shortcut is neither short nor safe.”
“Most of the time, the go-means-green shortcut is fine, and at least keeps you from getting honked at by the guy in the rusted-out beater with the extra-loud stereo system behind you.”
“But if you rely too much on that shortcut, and fail to look both ways before pulling into the intersection at the changing of the light, you may get smacked by some driver — probably the first cousin of that annoying guy behind you — whose own built-in shortcut is “yellow means drive really fast.””
“Another shortcut is to replace the giant Ares-V with a TRUE shuttle-derived HLLV (i.e. 8. 4m core, shuttle-type RSRMs, perhaps SSME core engines).”
“And for any windows that get lost from view after you launch an app/shortcut from the Desktop and then do a Win+D or Win+shift-M, a little alt-tabbing gets them back, once you have done the combo, that is.”
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