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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of shorten.

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

  • adj. cut short
  • adj. cut short in duration
  • adj. with parts removed
  • adj. shortened by or as if by means of parts that slide one within another or are crushed one into another


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  • And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake, those days shall be shortened_. "

    The Mark of the Beast

  • After serving a quarter of his sentence, Katsav could become eligible for short furloughs and even apply to have his term shortened.

    SFGate: Don Asmussen: Bad Reporter

  • Only in the sixth edition published in 1872 was the title shortened to exclude the “on” as a capitulation to reality since so many people by that point had already been misquoting the title.

    Jeff Schweitzer: Defending Darwin's Legacy

  • Ernest King, was COMINCH, or simply commander-in-chief, a title shortened right after Pearl Harbor from its unfortunate predecessor, CINCUS, pronounced “Sink us.”

    Sea of Thunder

  • The bank boss apparently despises having his name shortened so much that he is know as James "don't call me Jim" Gorman.

    The Guardian World News

  • Altarea, a name shortened from Alain Taravella Real Estate, plunged into retail properties, an area other companies were abandoning after France froze construction of out-of-town shopping centers to protect small businesses.

  • Last year's Zack and Miri Make a Porno was subject to much controversy and some ads for the movie ran with the title shortened to "Zak and Miri".

    Empire Movies

  • Butoh is a term shortened from ''ankoko butoh,'' which means ''dance of utter darkness.''

    Jack Schimmelman: Sankai Juku (studio by the mountain and the sea)

  • "You might have your term shortened on account of good conduct if you would only behave," suggested Peggy, whose reserve was beginning to soften.

    Brewster`s Millions

  • Ra-Moses had his name shortened, which is common usage, today.

    A & R


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