AskDefine | Define shortcut

Dictionary Definition

shortcut n : a route shorter than the usual one [syn: cutoff, crosscut]

User Contributed Dictionary


Alternative spellings


  1. A path between two points that is faster than the commonly used paths.
  2. A method to accomplish something that omits one or more steps.
  3. A symlink (symbolic file link); especially, one that appears as an icon.

Derived terms


path between two points that is faster than the commonly used paths
  • Finnish: pikakuvake
  • German: Verknüpfung, shortcut
  • Greek: συντόμευση (syntómefsi)
  • Polish: skrót

Extensive Definition

The word shortcut may have the following specific meanings, besides its generic meaning of a shorter route or smaller effort.
shortcut in Danish: Genvej
shortcut in Spanish: Atajo
shortcut in French: Raccourci
shortcut in Korean: 쇼트컷
shortcut in Japanese: ショートカット

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

air lane, air line, axis, beat, beeline, bypass, chord, circuit, course, cut, cutoff, diagonal, diameter, direct line, directrix, edge, flight path, great-circle course, itinerary, line, normal, orbit, path, perpendicular, primrose path, radius, radius vector, right line, road, round, route, run, sea lane, secant, segment, shortest way, side, straight, straight course, straight line, straight stretch, straightaway, streamline, tangent, tour, track, trade route, traject, trajectory, trajet, transversal, vector, walk
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