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Short meaning

short - 30 dictionary results

  1. 1. primarily spatial sense; having little length or lacking in length; " short skirts"; " short hair"; " the board was a foot short"; " a short toss"
  2. 2. 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"
  3. 3. not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices; " a short sale"; " short in cotton"
  4. 4. ( of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range; " a short memory"
  5. 5. used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively brief duration
  6. 6. low in stature; not tall; " his was short and stocky"; " short in stature"; " a short smokestack"
  7. 7. 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"
  8. 8. without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold; " he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash"
  9. 9. Brittle.
  10. 10. Not long; having brief length or linear extension; as, a short distance; a short piece of timber; a short flight.
  11. 11. Not extended in time; having very limited duration; not protracted; as, short breath.
  12. 12. Limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty; as, a short supply of provisions, or of water.
  13. 13. Deficient; defective; imperfect; not coming up, as to a measure or standard; as, an account which is short of the trith.
  14. 14. Not distant in time; near at hand.
  15. 15. Limited in intellectual power or grasp; not comprehensive; narrow; not tenacious, as memory.
  16. 16. Abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant; as, he gave a short answer to the question.
  17. 17. Breaking or crumbling readily in the mouth; crisp; as, short pastry.
  18. 18. 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.
  19. 19. 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.
  20. 20. A summary account.
  21. 21. The part of milled grain sifted out which is next finer than the bran.
  22. 22. Short, inferior hemp.
  23. 23. Breeches; shortclothes.
  24. 24. A short sound, syllable, or vowel.
  25. 25. In a short manner; briefly; limitedly; abruptly; quickly; as, to stop short in one's course; to turn short.
  26. 26. To shorten.
  27. 27. To fail; to decrease.
  28. 28. 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.
  29. 29. Less important, efficaceous, or powerful; not equal or equivalent; less ( than); - with of.
  30. 30. Not long; scanty; abrupt; brittle.

short - examples of usage

  1. The time was short. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  2. Anything, in short, but work. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  3. Mrs. Hilbery stopped short. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
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