- The definition of short is something that is not long, that measures a minimal distance from one end to the other, or that does not last for a long time.
- An example of short is a walk that lasts only five minutes.
- An example of short is hair that doesn't even go to your neck.
- An example of short is a skirt that doesn't come down to your knees.
- An example of short is when you can pay attention only for a moment.
short definition by Webster's New World
- not extending far from end to end; not long or not long enough
- not great in span, range, or scope: a short distance, journey, throw, view, etc.
- low or relatively low in height; not tall
- lasting only a little time; brief
- passing quickly: a few short weeks
- not retentive for long: a short memory
- condensed or concise, as a literary style, story, speech, etc.
- brief or abrupt to the point of rudeness; curt
- quickly angered or irked
- less than or lacking a sufficient or correct amount, amount of time, etc.: a short measure, short on money, short notice
- not far enough to reach the mark, objective, etc.: the shot fell short
- having a tendency to break or crumble; friable; specif.,
- crisp or flaky, as pastry made from dough rich in shortening
- brittle and inductile when cold () or hot (): said of metal
- not having in possession at the time of sale the commodity or security one is selling in anticipation of a decline in price
- designating or of a sale of commodities or securities not in the possession of the seller
- articulated for a relatively short time; brief in duration: said of a speech sound
- popularly not diphthongized [the short a in “pan”]
- requiring a relatively short time to pronounce: said of syllables in quantitative verse
- unstressed: said of syllables in accentual verse
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English scort, akin to Old Norse skort, short piece of clothing, Old High German scurz, short ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)kerd- ; from base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut, shear ; from curt
- something that is short; specif.,
- a short sound or syllable, contrasted with one that is long
- a film usually less than 30 min. in length
- a fish or lobster below the size that may be legally taken
- a shot that falls short of the target or objective
- a variation of clothing size shorter than the average for that size
- short, loose trousers reaching partway to the knee, worn in sports, etc.
- ☆ men's undershorts
- items needed to make up a shortage or deficiency
- a byproduct of wheat milling that consists of bran, germ, and coarse meal
- trimmings, clippings, etc. left over in the manufacture of various products
- ☆ shortstop
- short circuit
- one who has not yet covered the short sale of a stock, commodity, etc.
- abruptly; suddenly
- rudely; curtly
- briefly; concisely
- so as to be short in length
- by surprise; unawares: caught short
- by a short sale
- to give less than what is needed, wanted, or usual
- shortness noun
short definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective short·er, short·est
- Having little length; not long.
- Having little height; not tall.
- Extending or traveling not far or not far enough: a short toss.
- a. Lasting a brief time: a short holiday.b. Appearing to pass quickly: finished the job in a few short months.
- Not lengthy; succinct: short and to the point.
- a. Rudely brief; abrupt.b. Easily provoked; irascible.
- Inadequate; insufficient: oil in short supply; were short on experience.
- Lacking in length or amount: a board that is short two inches.
- Lacking in breadth or scope: a short view of the problem.
- Deficient in retentiveness: a short memory.
- a. Not owning the stocks or commodities one is selling in anticipation of a fall in prices.b. Of or relating to a short sale.
- a. Containing a large amount of shortening; flaky: a short pie crust.b. Not ductile; brittle: short iron.
- a. Linguistics Of, relating to, or being a speech sound of relatively brief duration, as the first vowel sound in the Latin word mălus, “evil,” as compared with the same or a similar sound of relatively long duration, as the first vowel sound in the Latin word mālus, “apple tree.”b. Grammar Of, relating to, or being a vowel sound in English, such as the vowel sound (ă) in pat or (o͝o) in put, that is descended from a vowel of brief duration.
- a. Unstressed; unaccented. Used of a syllable in accentual prosody.b. Being of relatively brief duration. Used of a syllable in quantitative prosody.
- Slang Close to the end of a tour of military duty.
- Abruptly; quickly: stop short.
- In a rude or curt manner.
- At a point before a given boundary, limit, or goal: a missile that landed short of the target.
- At a disadvantage: We were caught short by the sudden storm.
- Without owning what one is selling: selling a commodity short.
- Something short, as:a. Linguistics A short syllable, vowel, or consonant.b. A brief film; a short subject.c. A size of clothing less long than the average for that size.d. shorts Short trousers extending to the knee or above.e. shorts Men's undershorts.
- a. A short sale.b. One that sells short.
- shorts A byproduct of wheat processing that consists of germ, bran, and coarse meal or flour.
- shorts Clippings or trimmings that remain as byproducts in various manufacturing processes, often used to make an inferior variety of the product.
- a. A short circuit.b. A malfunction caused by a short circuit.
- Baseball A shortstop.
- To cause a short circuit in.
- Informal To give (one) less than one is entitled to; shortchange.
- a. To sell (a stock that one does not own) in anticipation of making a profit when its price falls; make a short sale.b. To sell unowned stock in (the stock market) in anticipation of making a profit when prices fall.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English sceort, scort; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
- shortˈness noun
short - Business Definition
short - Computer Definition
In programming, an integer variable. In C, a short is two bytes and can be signed (-32K to +32K) or unsigned (64K). Contrast with long.
short - Investment & Finance Definition
A synonym for sell, in contrast to long, in which a security has been purchased. It also may be used as a noun to refer to a trader who has sold financial instruments or contracts and thereby has a short (position).
short - Phrases/Idioms
- in summing up; to summarize
- in a few words; briefly
short and sweet
- not equaling; less than
- without a sufficient or correct amount of; lacking
- not far enough to reach (the mark, objective, etc.)
- without actually resorting to
the short end of the stickâ
the short end of the stick
- Having an inadequate supply of: We're short of cash.
- Less than: Nothing short of her best effort was required to make the team.
- Other than; without resorting to: Short of yelling at him, I had no other way to catch his attention.
- Not quite willing to undertake or do; just this side of: She stopped short of throwing out the old photo.