- (biology) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
- (obsolete) Abbreviated; abridged; shortened. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 17th century]
- (obsolete) An abridgment. [Mid 16th century.]
- (transitive) To make shorter; to shorten; to abridge; to shorten by ending sooner than planned. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
- (obsolete, intransitive) To speak or write in a brief manner. [Attested from the late 16th century until the early 17th century.]
- (transitive, mathematics) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
- (obsolete, transitive) To shorten by omitting parts or details. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 17th century.]
- (transitive) To reduce a word or phrase by means of contraction or omission to a shorter recognizable form. [First attested in the late 16th century.]