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Definitions of short

  1. quickly and without warning; "he stopped suddenly" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. marked by rude or peremptory shortness; "try to cultivate a less brusque manner"; "a curt reply"; "the salesgirl was very short with him" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. quickly aroused to anger; "a hotheaded commander" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner; "he told me curtly to get on with it"; "he talked short with everyone"; "he said shortly that he didn't like it" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. not sufficient to meet a need; "an inadequate income"; "a poor salary"; "money is short"; "on short rations"; "food is in short supply"; "short on experience" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. lacking foresight or scope; "a short view of the problem"; "shortsighted policies"; "shortsighted critics derided the plan"; "myopic thinking" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so; "a light pound"; "a scant cup of sugar"; "regularly gives short weight" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. cheat someone by not returning him enough money Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between 2nd and 3rd base Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. tightly; "she caught him up short on his lapel" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. at a disadvantage; "I was caught short" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. so as to interrupt; "She took him up short before he could continue" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. at some point or distance before a goal is reached; "he fell short of our expectations" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. clean across; "the car's axle snapped short" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. create a short-circuit in Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. most direct; "took the shortest and most direct route to town" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. unwilling to endure; "she was short with the slower students" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. primarily spatial sense; having little length or lacking in length; "short skirts"; "short hair"; "the board was a foot short"; "a short toss" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration; "a short life"; "a short flight"; "a short holiday"; "a short story"; "only a few short months" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. of speech sounds (especially vowels) of relatively short duration (as e.g. the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt') Wordnet Dictionary DB
  23. not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices; "a short sale"; "short in cotton" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  24. (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range; "a short memory" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  25. used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively brief duration Wordnet Dictionary DB
  26. low in stature; not tall; "his was short and stocky"; "short in stature"; "a short smokestack" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  27. containing a large amount of shortening; therefore tender and easy to crumble or break into flakes; "shortbread is a short crumbly cookie"; "a short flaky pie crust" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  28. without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold; "he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  29. Brittle. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. Not long; having brief length or linear extension; as, a short distance; a short piece of timber; a short flight. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. Not extended in time; having very limited duration; not protracted; as, short breath. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. Limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty; as, a short supply of provisions, or of water. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. Deficient; defective; imperfect; not coming up, as to a measure or standard; as, an account which is short of the trith. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. Not distant in time; near at hand. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. Limited in intellectual power or grasp; not comprehensive; narrow; not tenacious, as memory. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. Abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant; as, he gave a short answer to the question. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. Breaking or crumbling readily in the mouth; crisp; as, short pastry. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. Engaging or engaged to deliver what is not possessed; as, short contracts; to be short of stock. See The shorts, under Short, n., and To sell short, under Short, adv. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. Not prolonged, or relatively less prolonged, in utterance; -- opposed to long, and applied to vowels or to syllables. In English, the long and short of the same letter are not, in most cases, the long and short of the same sound; thus, the i in ill is the short sound, not of i in isle, but of ee in eel, and the e in pet is the short sound of a in pate, etc. See Quantity, and Guide to Pronunciation, //22, 30. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. A summary account. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  41. The part of milled grain sifted out which is next finer than the bran. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. Short, inferior hemp. Webster Dictionary DB
  43. Breeches; shortclothes. Webster Dictionary DB
  44. A short sound, syllable, or vowel. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. In a short manner; briefly; limitedly; abruptly; quickly; as, to stop short in one's course; to turn short. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. To shorten. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. To fail; to decrease. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. Insufficiently provided; inadequately supplied; scantily furnished; lacking; not coming up to a resonable, or the ordinary, standard; - usually with of; as, to be short of money. Webster Dictionary DB
  49. Less important, efficaceous, or powerful; not equal or equivalent; less (than); - with of. Webster Dictionary DB
  50. Not long, either in space, distance, or time; not tall; brief; scant; not having enough; as, short of cash; not coming up to a measure, standard, requirement, etc.; as, the rule is too short; abrupt, uncivil, or cross; as, she received a short answer; not retentive; as, a short memory; in financial usage, not possessing at the time of selling; as, to be short of copper; crisp or crumbly; as, short piecrust; brief in utterance, as a vowel or a syllable. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  51. Something that is short; one who sells stocks which he does not at that time possess. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  52. Abruptly, curtly; of selling, not in possession of the goods sold; as, to sell stocks short. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  53. Shortness. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  54. Shorter. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  55. Shortest. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  56. (comp. SHORTER, superl. SHORTEST), Not long in time or space: near at hand: scanty: insufficient: narrow: abrupt: brittle. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  57. Not long. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  58. Not long; scanty; abrupt; brittle. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  59. Of slight length, height, or duration; not long or tall; brief; scant; curt; crisp. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  60. The substance or pith of a matter. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  61. Anything that is short, as a short syllable; a deficiency. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  62. In a short manner; petulantly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  63. Not long; not of long duration; not of sufficient length or range; defective; scanty; brief; concise; brittle; friable; abrupt; petulant. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  64. To shorten. To be short, to be scantily supplied. To come short, to fail. To cut short, to abridge. To fall short, to fail; to be less. To stop short, to stop at once, or without reaching the point intended. To turn short, to turn without making a compass. To be taken short, to be seized with urgent necessity. In short, briefly. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  65. Not long; not long either in space or time; inadequate; insufficient; imperfect; breaking or crumbling readily; crisp; brittle; not bending; brief; concise; quick; sudden; not going so far as intended. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  66. Not long; quickly; in sufficiently. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  67. A summary or concise account, as in the phrase, "the short and long of the matter is"; a word often given as a reply at the counter of a bank when the amount of a check is desired in a small compass. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  68. Insufficiently provided; inadequately supplied; scantily furnished; lacking; not coming up to a resonable, or the ordinary, standard; -- usually with of; as, to be short of money. mso.anu.edu.au
  69. Less important, efficaceous, or powerful; not equal or equivalent; less than; -- with of. mso.anu.edu.au
  70. Insufficiently provided; inadequately supplied; scantily furnished; lacking; not coming up to a resonable, or the ordinary, standard; usually with of; as, to be short of money. dictgcide_fs
  71. Less important, efficaceous, or powerful; not equal or equivalent; less (than); with of. dictgcide_fs
  72. Not prolonged, or relatively less prolonged, in utterance; opposed to long, and applied to vowels or to syllables. In English, the long and short of the same letter are not, in most cases, the long and short of the same sound; thus, the i in ill is the short sound, not of i in isle, but of ee in eel, and the e in pet is the short sound of a in pate, etc. See Quantity, and Guide to Pronunciation, dictgcide_fs
  73. short, adj. (comp. SHORT'ER, superl. SHORT'EST) not long in time or space: not tall: near at hand, early in date: scanty, lacking, insufficient: in error, deficient in wisdom, grasp, memory, &c.: narrow: abrupt, curt, sharp, uncivil: brittle, crumbling away readily: not prolonged in utterance, unaccented: (coll.) undiluted with water, neat: falling below a certain standard (with of): of stocks, &c., not having in possession when selling, not able to meet one's engagements, pertaining to short stocks or to those who have sold short.--adv. not long.--n. a summary account: a short time or syllable: whatever is deficient in number, quantity, &c.: a short sale, one who has made such: (pl.) small clothes, knee-breeches: the bran and coarse part of meal, in mixture.--ns. SHORT'AGE, deficiency; SHORT'-ALLOW'ANCE, less than the regular allowance; SHORT'-AND, the character '&,' the ampersand.--adj. SHORT'-ARMED, having short arms, not reaching far.--ns. SHORT'-BILL, one having less than ten days to run; SHORT'-CAKE, a rich tea-cake made short and crisp with butter or lard and baked--also SHORT'-BREAD (Scot.): (U.S.) a light cake, prepared in layers with fruit between, served with cream; SHORT'-CIR'CUIT (electr.), a path of comparatively low resistance between two points of a circuit.--n.pl. SHORT'-CLOTHES, small clothes, the dress of young children after the first long clothes.--v.t. SHORT'-COAT, to dress in short-coats.--n.pl. SHORT'-COATS, the shortened skirts of a child when the first long clothes are left off.--n. SHORT'COMING, act of coming or falling short of produce or result: neglect of, or failure in, duty.--n.pl. SHORT'-COMM'ONS (see COMMON).--n. SHORT'-CROSS, the short cross-bar of a printer's chase.--adjs. SHORT'-CUT, cut short instead of in long shreds--of tobacco, &c.--also n.; SHORT'-D[=A]T'ED, having short or little time to run from its date, as a bill.--n. SHORT'-DIVI'SION, a method of division with a divisor not larger than 12--opp. to Long-division.--v.t. SHORT'EN, to make short: to deprive: to make friable.--v.i. to become short or shorter: to contract.--n. SHORT'-GOWN, a loose jacket with a skirt, worn by women, a bed-gown.--adj. SHORT'-GRASSED (Shak.), provided or covered with short grass.--n. SHORT'HAND, an art by which writing is made shorter and easier, so as to keep pace with speaking.--adj. SHORT'-HAND'ED, not having the proper number of servants, work-people, &c.--ns. SHORT'HANDER, a stenographer; SHORT'-HORN, one of a breed of cattle having very short horns--Durham and Teeswater.--adj. SHORT'-HORNED.--n. SHORT'-HOSE, the stockings of the Highland dress, reaching to the knee, as opposed to the long hose formerly worn by Englishmen.--adjs. SHORT'-JOINT'ED, short between the joints: having a short pastern; SHORT'-LEGGED (Shak.), having short legs; SHORT'-LIVED, living or lasting only for a short time.--adv. SHORT'LY, in a short time: in a brief manner: quickly: soon.--ns. SHORT'-M[=E]'TRE (see METRE); SHORT'NESS; SHORT'-PULL, a light impression on a hand-press; SHORT'-RIB, one of the lower ribs, not reaching to the breast-bone, a false or floating rib.--adj. SHORT'-SIGHT'ED, having sight extending but a short distance: unable to see far: of weak intellect: heedless.--adv. SHORT'-SIGHT'EDLY.--n. SHORT'-SIGHT'EDNESS.--adjs. SHORT'-SP[=O]'KEN, sharp and curt in speech; SHORT'-ST[=A]'PLE, having the fibre short.--n. SHORT'-STOP, the player at base-ball between the second and third base.--adjs. SHORT'-TEM'PERED, easily put into a rage; SHORT'-WIND'ED, affected with shortness of wind or breath; SHORT'-WIT'TED, having little wit, judgment, or intellect.--AT SHORT SIGHT, meaning that a bill is payable soon after being presented; BE TAKEN SHORT (coll.), to be suddenly seized with a desire to evacuate fæces; COME, CUT, FALL, SHORT (see COME, CUT, FALL); IN SHORT, in a few words; MAKE SHORT WORK OF, to settle some difficulty or opposition promptly; TAKE UP SHORT, to check or to answer curtly; THE LONG AND SHORT, the whole. [A.S. sceort; Old High Ger. scurz; the Dut. and Sw. kort, Ger. kurz, are borrowed from L. curtus.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  74. A word used, by anatomists, in opposition to long; and to distinguish parts from each other that have otherwise the same name. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  75. Measuring little from end to end in space or time, soon traversed or finished, (a s. way off; a s. time ago; s. story, of the character of a novel but less length; s. cut; s. circuit in electr., part of current\'s path offering less resistance& practically shortening circuit, so short-circuit v.t., introduce s. circuit into; s. division; shorter catechism; s. rib, = false rib; s. shrift; s. whist; a s. sea, s. broken waves; make s. work of, dispose of or destroy or consume quickly; he, his joy &c., had but a s. life, whence shortlived a.; s. temper, self-control that is soon or easily lost, whence short-tempered a.; s. waist in dress, made high up, whence short-waisted a.; s. wind, easily exhausted breathing-power, inability to run long or fig. to talk or write at any length, whence short-winded a., short-windedness n.; s. clothes or coats, dress of child too old for long-clothes, whence short-coat v.t.); of small stature, not tall, (usu. of human beings, or of upright things, as chimney, tower, tree); not far-reaching, acting near at hand, deficient, scanty, in want of, below the degree of, abruptly finished, (s. sight, not seeing clearly at distance or fig. into the future, whence short-sighted a., short-sightedly adv., short-sightedness n.; ats. range; take s. views, consider the present only; s. date, early date for maturing of bill &c., whence short-dated a.; s. bill, paper, &c., dated for early payment; s. leg, slip, in cricket; has a s. memory; are s. of hands, have not enough workmen, whence short-handed a.; s. commons; s. weight, less than it is represented to be; a s. ten miles, mile, hour, &c., less or seeming less than that; cut s., bring to end before natural time; come s., disappoint expectations &c., fail of one\'s duty or proper development, whence shortcoming n.; fall s., be insufficient or inadequate; run s., have or be too little, as our tea ran s., we ran s. of tea; an escape nothing s. of marvellous); concise, brief, curt, sullenly or snappishly reticent, (the long& the s. of it; in s., to use few words, without circumlocution, to give the conclusion briefly; is called Bob for s., by way of s. name; was very s. with me, uncivil); (Phonet., Pros.; of vowel or syllable) (prop.) having the less of the two recognized durations, (pop.) unstressed, (also, of vowel) having the or an other sound than that called long (e.g. those in met, pull, but); (of pastry, clay, &c.) friable, crumbling, not tenacious, (cf. coldshort); (St. Exch. &c.; of stocks, stockbroker, crops, &c.) sold, selling, &c., when the amount is not in hand in reliance on getting the deficit in time for delivery; something s., a drink of strong liquor, esp. spirits; shortbread, shortcake, brittle dry cake made with flour& much butter& sugar; shorthand, methods of compendious writing used for taking verbatim reports of speeches &c., stenography; shorthorn, name of s.-horned breed of cattle; hence shortish (2) a., shortness n. (Adv.) abruptly, before the natural or expected time, in s. manner, (took him up s., interrupted him; stop s., suddenly cease, not go on to the end; bring, or pull, up s., check or pause abruptly; be taken s., have sudden motion of bowels; s.-spoken, given to brevity of speech; sell s., when one has not the articles in hand, see the adj.); s. of, except, putting out of the question, (s. of committing suicide he does his best to keep out of the way). (N., pros.) s. syllable (long s& ss.) or vowel; mark indicating that vowel is s., as a. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  76. n. A summary account;—pi. The part Of ground grain sifted out, which is next finer than the bran;—in rope-making, the shorter fibres of hemp, or the toppings and tailings of long hemp dressed for bolt ropes and whale lines. Cabinet Dictionary
  77. adv. In a short manner, as briefly, abruptly, suddenly, and the like. Cabinet Dictionary

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