1 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" [ant: long]
2 primarily spatial sense; having little length or lacking in length; "short skirts"; "short hair"; "the board was a foot short"; "a short toss" [ant: long]
3 low in stature; not tall; "his was short and stocky"; "short in stature"; "a short smokestack" [ant: tall]
4 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" [syn: inadequate, poor]
5 not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices; "a short sale"; "short in cotton" [ant: long]
6 of speech sounds (especially vowels) of relatively short duration (as e.g. the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt') [ant: long]
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 less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so; "a light pound"; "a scant cup of sugar"; "regularly gives short weight" [syn: light, scant(p)]
9 used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively brief duration
10 (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range; "a short memory"
11 lacking foresight or scope; "a short view of the problem"; "shortsighted policies"; "shortsighted critics derided the plan"; "myopic thinking" [syn: shortsighted, unforesightful, myopic]
12 unwilling to endure; "she was short with the slower students" [syn: unforbearing]
13 quickly aroused to anger; "a hotheaded commander" [syn: choleric, irascible, hotheaded, hot-tempered, quick-tempered, short-tempered]
14 most direct; "took the shortest and most direct route to town" [syn: shortest]
15 marked by rude or peremptory shortness; "try to cultivate a less brusque manner"; "a curt reply"; "the salesgirl was very short with him" [syn: brusque, brusk, curt, short(p)]
1 the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed
2 accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference [syn: short circuit]
3 the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between 2nd and 3rd base [syn: shortstop] adv
2 without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold; "he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash"
3 clean across; "the car's axle snapped short"
4 at some point or distance before a goal is reached; "he fell short of our expectations"
5 so as to interrupt; "She took him up short before he could continue"
6 at a disadvantage; "I was caught short" [syn: unawares]
7 tightly; "she caught him up short on his lapel"
8 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" [syn: curtly, shortly]
1 cheat someone by not returning him enough money [syn: short-change]
2 create a short-circuit in [syn: short-circuit]
- Having a small distance from one end or edge to another, either horizontally or vertically.
- In the context of "of a person": Of comparatively little height.
- Having little duration.
- In the context of "followed by for": Of a word or phrase,
constituting an abbreviation (for another) or shortened form (of
- “Phone” is short for “telephone”, and “PTO” is short for “please turn over”.
- cricket of a ball that bounced relatively far from the batsman
- relatively close to the batsman
- brittle (of pastry); see also shortening, shortcrust
- short is often used in the positive vertical dimension, but in the horizontal dimension, shallow and narrow are more commonly used.
Derived termsrel-top terms derived from short
- for short
- in short
- the long and the short of it
- short back and sides
- short-change, shortchange
having a small distance between ends or edges
constituting an abbreviation (for)
of a person, of comparatively little height
having little duration
- French: court
- Italian: corto
- ttbc Arabic:
- ttbc Dutch: kort (1), korte (1), dicht (1), dichte (1)
- ttbc Esperanto: mallonga
- ttbc Hindi: छोटा (chotā)
- ttbc Indonesian: pendek
- ttbc Korean: 짧다 (jjapda)
- ttbc Kurdish: kurt, kin, qut, quse,
- ttbc Lithuanian: trumpas
- ttbc Malay: pendek
- ttbc Portuguese: curto
- ttbc Sanskrit: laghu
- ttbc Swedish: kort
- ttbc Telugu: పొట్టి (poTTi)
- A short circuit.
- Jones smashes a grounder between third and short.
a short circuit
- Japanese: 短絡, ショート
- Japanese: ショート
- To cause a short circuit in (something).
- Of an electricial circuit, to short circuit.
- To shortchange.
- To provide with a smaller than agreed or labeled amount.
- This is the third time I've caught them shorting us.
- transitive business To sell something, especially securities, that one does not own in hopes of profiting from a decline in the price.
to cause a short circuit
Short may refer to:
- Short (surname)
- Holly Short, a fictional character from the Artemis Fowl series
- Short circuit, an accidental connection between two nodes of an electrical circuit
- Short (finance), stock-trading status
- Short film, a cinema format
- Short subject, a cinema format used almost interchangeably with short film
- Short integer, a computer datatype
- Short (cricket), an attribute among fielding position modifiers in cricket
- Short Brothers, a British aerospace company
- A person of below normal height, see dwarfism
short in French: Court
short in Japanese: ショート
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