Short meaning

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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.

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Having little length; not long.
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Having little height; not tall.
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Extending or traveling not far or not far enough.

A short toss.

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Not lengthy; succinct.

Short and to the point.

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(slang) Close to the end of a tour of military duty.
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In a rude or curt manner.
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At a point before a given boundary, limit, or goal.

A missile that landed short of the target.

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Inadequate; insufficient.

Oil in short supply; were short on experience.

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Lacking in length or amount.

A board that is short two inches.

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Lacking in breadth or scope.

A short view of the problem.

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Deficient in retentiveness.

A short memory.

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Being of relatively brief duration. Used of a syllable in quantitative prosody.
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Abruptly; quickly.

Stop short.

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At a disadvantage.

We were caught short by the sudden storm.

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By means of a short sale.

Selling a commodity short.

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Something short, as:
  • (linguistics) A short syllable, vowel, or consonant.
  • A brief film; a short subject.
  • A size of clothing less long than the average for that size.
  • Short trousers extending to the knee or above.
  • Men's undershorts.
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A byproduct of wheat processing that consists of germ, bran, and coarse meal or flour.
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Clippings or trimmings that remain as byproducts in various manufacturing processes, often used to make an inferior variety of the product.
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(baseball) A shortstop.
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To cause a short circuit in.
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(informal) To give (one) less than one is entitled to; shortchange.
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To short-sell (a security or index).
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To short-circuit.
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Not extending far from end to end; not long or not long enough.
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Not great in span, range, or scope.

A short distance, journey, throw, view, etc.

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Low or relatively low in height; not tall.
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Not retentive for long.

A short memory.

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Condensed or concise, as a literary style, story, speech, etc.
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Brief or abrupt to the point of rudeness; curt.
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Quickly angered or irked.
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Less than or lacking a sufficient or correct amount, amount of time, etc.

A short measure, short on money, short notice.

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Not far enough to reach the mark, objective, etc.

The shot fell short.

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Having a tendency to break or crumble; friable.
  • Crisp or flaky, as pastry made from dough rich in shortening.
  • Brittle and inductile when cold (cold short) or hot (hot short)
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Designating a historical period considered in terms of a briefer duration than typically would be ascribed to it.

"the short 20th century" (1914-2000) begins with WWI.

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Something that is short.
  • 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.
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A variation of clothing size shorter than the average for that size.
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Items needed to make up a shortage or deficiency.
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A byproduct of wheat milling that consists of bran, germ, and coarse meal.
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Trimmings, clippings, etc. left over in the manufacture of various products.
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One who has not yet covered the short sale of a stock, commodity, etc.
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Abruptly; suddenly.
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Rudely; curtly.
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Briefly; concisely.
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So as to be short in length.
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By surprise; unawares.

Caught short.

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By a short sale.
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To give less than what is needed, wanted, or usual.
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To take a short position in (a stock, commodity, etc.)
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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.
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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).
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A surname​.
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for short
  • As an abbreviation:
    He's called Ed for short.
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in short
  • In summary; briefly.
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short for
  • An abbreviation of:
    Ed is short for Edward.
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short of
  • 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.
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the short end of the stick
  • The worst side of an unequal deal.
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for short
  • by way of abbreviation or contraction
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in short
  • in summing up; to summarize
  • in a few words; briefly
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run short
  • to have or be less than enough
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short and sweet
  • agreeably or expeditiously brief
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short for
  • being a shortened form of, or an abbreviation or nickname for
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short of
  • 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
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the short end of the stick
  • the worst of a deal
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

short for
the short end of the stick
short for
the short end of the stick

Origin of short

  • Middle English from Old English sceort, scort sker-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition