1. Verb.  (transitive) To make shorter; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by means of contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken.
  2. Verb.  (mathematics) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
  3. Adjective.  (rare) Abbreviated; abridged; shortened.
  4. Adjective.  (biology) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type.
  5. Noun.  (obsolete) An abridgment.

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