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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Shorten  \Short"en\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Shortened  ?};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Shortening}.]  [See  {Short},  a.] 
  1.  To  make  short  or  shorter  in  measure,  extent,  or  time;  as 
  to  shorten  distance;  to  shorten  a  road;  to  shorten  days  of 
  2.  To  reduce  or  diminish  in  amount,  quantity,  or  extent;  to 
  lessen;  to  abridge;  to  curtail;  to  contract;  as  to 
  shorten  work  an  allowance  of  food,  etc 
  Here  where  the  subject  is  so  fruitful,  I  am 
  shortened  by  my  chain.  --Dryden. 
  3.  To  make  deficient  (as  to);  to  deprive;  --  with  of 
  Spoiled  of  his  nose,  and  shortened  of  his  ears. 
  4.  To  make  short  or  friable,  as  pastry,  with  butter,  lard, 
  pot  liquor,  or  the  like 
  {To  shorten  a  rope}  (Naut.),  to  take  in  the  slack  of  it 
  {To  shorten  sail}  (Naut.),  to  reduce  sail  by  taking  it  in 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Shorten  \Short"en\,  v.  i. 
  To  become  short  or  shorter;  as  the  day  shortens  in  northern 
  latitudes  from  June  to  December;  a  metallic  rod  shortens  by 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  v  1:  make  shorter  than  originally  intended;  reduce  or  retrench  in 
  length  or  duration;  "He  shortened  his  trip  due  to 
  illness"  [ant:  {lengthen}] 
  2:  reduce  in  scope  while  retaining  essential  elements;  "The 
  manuscript  must  be  shortened"  [syn:  {abridge},  {foreshorten}, 
  {abbreviate},  {cut},  {contract},  {reduce}] 
  3:  make  short  or  shorter;  "shorten  the  skirt";  "shorten  the 
  rope  by  a  few  inches" 
  4:  become  short  or  shorter;  "In  winter,  the  days  shorten"  [ant: 
  5:  edit  by  omitting  or  modifying  parts  considered  indelicate; 
  "bowdlerize  a  novel"  [syn:  {bowdlerize},  {bowdlerise},  {expurgate}] 

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