[ verb ] make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration
"He shortened his trip due to illness"
Used in print(James A. Ibers et al., "Proton magnetic resonance...)
However , any oxygen nonequivalence would shorten either the already extremely short **f interlayer distance of 2.55 A or the non hydrogen_bonded **f interlayer interactions which are already quite short at 2.58 A .(S. Idell Pyle, et al., Onsets, Completions, and...)
Thus , the Span of its ossification was shortened and the center 's ability to `` catch_up '' in ossification is demonstrated .
[ verb ] reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
"The manuscript must be shortened"
Used in print(William C. Smith, "Why Fear Ideas?"...)
In the field of the natural_sciences , scientifically verified data are quite readily available and any discussion can be shortened with good results .(Irving Fineman, Woman of Valor: The Life of Henrietta...)
Neither was Henrietta hoydenish like Jo , who frankly wished she were a boy and had deliberately shortened her name , which , like Henrietta 's , was the feminine form of a boy 's name .