from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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