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abridge to shorten without removing basic contents; condense. [1/2 definitions]
bobtail to shorten or cut the tail of; dock. [1/4 definitions]
contract to shorten (a word or words) by combining, or by omitting certain letters and replacing them, usu. with an apostrophe. [1/8 definitions]
cut to shorten or otherwise diminish. [1/23 definitions]
foreshorten to distort, or shorten the lines of the long axis of (a visual image) in order to create the illusion of depth and perspective. [2 definitions]
reef2 to reduce or shorten (a sail) by making a reef or reefs. [1/2 definitions]
sheepshank a type of knot used to shorten a rope temporarily.
truncate to cut off short; shorten. [1/4 definitions]
vernalize to stimulate the growth of (a plant) by chilling the seed or bulb in order to shorten the dormant stage.