verb (used with object), short-cut, short-cutting.
to cause to be shortened by the use of a shortcut.
verb (used without object), short-cut, short-cutting.
to use or take a shortcut.


short-cutter, noun Unabridged


a shorter or quicker way.
a method, procedure, policy, etc., that reduces the time or energy needed to accomplish something.
constituting or providing a shorter or quicker way: shortcut methods.

1560–70; short + cut Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Computing Dictionary

shortcut definition

file system
Microsoft Corporation's term for a symbolic link, stored as a file with extension ".lnk". Shortcuts first appeared in 1996 in the Windows 95 operating system. Windows shortcuts can link to any file or directory ("folder"), including those on remote computers, using UNC paths. Each shortcut can also have its own icon. A shortcut that links to an executable file can pass arguments and specify the directory in which the command should run. Unlike a Unix symbolic link, a shortcut does not always behave exactly like the target file or directory.
Compare pif.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Example sentences
Our two guides had suggested a shortcut across a coastal lava flow.
The sights one misses taking that shortcut are probably worth seeing.
They were also a shortcut to name recognition and technology that would
  otherwise have taken years to develop.
Coercion offers a tempting shortcut, but it usually backfires.
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