from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A more direct route than the customary one.
  • n. A means of saving time or effort.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. 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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a route shorter than the usual one


From cut, direct route.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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