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shortcut

[shawrt-kuht] /ˈʃɔrtˌkʌt/
noun
1.
a shorter or quicker way.
2.
a method, procedure, policy, etc., that reduces the time or energy needed to accomplish something.
3.
Computers.
  1. a link to a software application, file, or website, usually represented as a graphical icon that can be clicked on to quickly access or open it:
    You can create a desktop shortcut to a Web page you've visited.
  2. Also called keyboard shortcut. hotkey.
adjective
4.
constituting or providing a shorter or quicker way:
shortcut methods.
Origin of shortcut
1560-1570
1560-70; short + cut

short-cut

[shawrt-kuht] /ˈʃɔrtˌkʌt/
verb (used with object), short-cut, short-cutting.
1.
to cause to be shortened by the use of a shortcut.
verb (used without object), short-cut, short-cutting.
2.
to use or take a shortcut.
Origin
1560-70
Related forms
short-cutter, noun
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n.

also short-cut, "path not as long as the ordinary way," 1610s, from short (adj.) + cut (n.). Figurative use is attested earlier (1580s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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shortcut in Technology

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.
(2001-12-18)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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