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

  • n. A fat, such as butter or lard, used to make cake or pastry light or flaky.
  • n. A shortened form of something, as a word.
  • n. The act of one that shortens.
  • n. The act or process of becoming shorter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Solid fat, such as butter, lard or hydrogenated vegetable oil, used to make shortcrust pastry.
  • n. Verbal noun form of shorten.
  • v. Present participle of shorten.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of making or becoming short or shorter.
  • n. That which renders pastry short or friable, as butter, lard, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In cookery, lard, butter, or other substance used to make pastry short or flaky.

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

  • n. fat such as butter or lard used in baked goods
  • n. act of decreasing in length


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