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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 shortening
 弄短;使脆的材料

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Short·en v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shortened; p. pr. & vb. n. Shortening.]
 1. To make short or shorter in measure, extent, or time; as, to shorten distance; to shorten a road; to shorten days of calamity.
 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.   --Dryden.
 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)

 Short·en·ing, n.
 1. The act of making or becoming short or shorter.
 2. Cookery That which renders pastry short or friable, as butter, lard, etc.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 shortening
      n 1: fat such as butter or lard used in baked goods
      2: act of decreasing in length; "the dress needs shortening"