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Part of speech: Participle

To shorten a rope, to take in the slack of it; to shorten sail, to reduce sail by taking the sails in.

Usage examples "shortened":
  • His neck was shortened behind his collar as though he shrugged from the blast of a bad wind. - "The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete", George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009.
  • The limb is shortened by two or three inches. - "Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition.", Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson.
  • 1872. Shortened Services allowed. - "The Prayer Book Explained", Percival Jackson.