A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

SEAL

Sat, 18 May '24
Prepare to cook sous vide, perhaps
Sun, 24 Dec '23
Sign of approval
Sat, 23 Dec '23
Member of an elite force
Sun, 12 Nov '23
Product safety indicator
Sun, 5 Nov '23
"E pluribus unum" appears on one
Sun, 22 Oct '23
Aquatic barker
Tue, 17 Oct '23
"Kiss From a Rose" singer
Mon, 2 Oct '23
What to do to a deal or an envelope
Wed, 10 May '23
Close up tight
Sun, 2 Apr '23
Prey for a polar bear
Sun, 19 Feb '23
Close tightly
Tue, 24 Jan '23
Notary public's authorizing stamp
Wed, 4 Jan '23
Circus barker?
Mon, 29 Nov '21
___ of approval
Mon, 25 Oct '21
Circus animal balancing a ball on its nose
Tue, 10 Aug '21
Close tightly
Tue, 3 Aug '21
Follower of Navy or presidential
Sun, 1 Aug '21
Grown-up pup
Thu, 29 Jul '21
Indicator of approval
Tue, 27 Jul '21
Animal that "claps"
Mon, 28 Dec '20
One clapping at a circus?