Definitions of short

  1. marked by rude or peremptory shortness; " try to cultivate a less brusque manner"; " a curt reply"; " the salesgirl was very short with him"
  2. 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"
  3. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so; " a light pound"; " a scant cup of sugar"; " regularly gives short weight"
  4. cheat someone by not returning him enough money
  5. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between 2nd and 3rd base
  6. the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed
  7. accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference
  8. tightly; " she caught him up short on his lapel"
  9. at a disadvantage; " I was caught short"
  10. so as to interrupt; " She took him up short before he could continue"
  11. at some point or distance before a goal is reached; " he fell short of our expectations"
  12. clean across; " the car's axle snapped short"
  13. create a short- circuit in
  14. unwilling to endure; " she was short with the slower students"
  15. primarily spatial sense; having little length or lacking in length; " short skirts"; " short hair"; " the board was a foot short"; " a short toss"
  16. 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"
  17. of speech sounds ( especially vowels) of relatively short duration ( as e. g. the English vowel sounds in ` pat', ` pet', ` pit', ` pot', putt')
  18. not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices; " a short sale"; " short in cotton"
  19. ( of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range; " a short memory"
  20. used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively brief duration
  21. 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"
  22. without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold; " he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash"
  23. Brittle.
  24. Not long; having brief length or linear extension; as, a short distance; a short piece of timber; a short flight.
  25. Not extended in time; having very limited duration; not protracted; as, short breath.
  26. Limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty; as, a short supply of provisions, or of water.
  27. Deficient; defective; imperfect; not coming up, as to a measure or standard; as, an account which is short of the trith.
  28. Not distant in time; near at hand.
  29. Limited in intellectual power or grasp; not comprehensive; narrow; not tenacious, as memory.
  30. Abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant; as, he gave a short answer to the question.
  31. Breaking or crumbling readily in the mouth; crisp; as, short pastry.
  32. 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.
  33. A summary account.
  34. The part of milled grain sifted out which is next finer than the bran.
  35. Short, inferior hemp.
  36. Breeches; shortclothes.
  37. A short sound, syllable, or vowel.
  38. In a short manner; briefly; limitedly; abruptly; quickly; as, to stop short in one's course; to turn short.
  39. To shorten.
  40. To fail; to decrease.
  41. 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.
  42. Less important, efficaceous, or powerful; not equal or equivalent; less ( than); - with of.
  43. 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.
  44. Something that is short; one who sells stocks which he does not at that time possess.
  45. Abruptly, curtly; of selling, not in possession of the goods sold; as, to sell stocks short.
  46. Shortness.
  47. Shorter.
  48. Shortest.
  49. ( comp. SHORTER, superl. SHORTEST), Not long in time or space: near at hand: scanty: insufficient: narrow: abrupt: brittle.
  50. Not long.
  51. Not long; scanty; abrupt; brittle.
  52. Of slight length, height, or duration; not long or tall; brief; scant; curt; crisp.
  53. The substance or pith of a matter.
  54. Anything that is short, as a short syllable; a deficiency.
  55. In a short manner; petulantly.
  56. Not long; not of long duration; not of sufficient length or range; defective; scanty; brief; concise; brittle; friable; abrupt; petulant.
  57. 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.
  58. 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.
  59. Not long; quickly; in sufficiently.
  60. 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.

Usage examples for short

  1. For a short time only. – From Plotzk to Boston by Mary Antin Commentator: Israel Zangwill
  2. The other gave a short, hard laugh. – Kildares of Storm by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  3. And now the time was very short. – Quiet Talks on Service by S. D. Gordon
  4. In short, she died. – Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research by Michael Sage
  5. This is possible because of the short time occupied in making dynamite. – Careers of Danger and Daring by Cleveland Moffett
  6. Nothing short of that will do. – The Red Rat's Daughter by Guy Boothby
  7. There was no more talk now of a short war. – A Minstrel In France by Harry Lauder
  8. And tell your tale as briefly as ye may, Since at your age short speaking is enough. – The Seven Plays in English Verse by Sophocles
  9. I heard my father once say something about a world to come; but he stopped short, and said I was too young to understand what he meant. – Nature and Art by Mrs. Inchbald
  10. And it's so short there's no point anyway. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  11. " It is a short story and a curious one. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  12. That was the long and short of it, wasn't it? – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  13. Well, make the most of your chance to sleep; you may have to go short later. – Jimgrim and Allah's Peace by Talbot Mundy
  14. The time is too short. – The Gold of Chickaree by Susan Warner
  15. My letter was very short. – Basil by Wilkie Collins
  16. Not, in short, art. – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  17. At sight of Woburn he stopped short. – The Greater Inclination by Edith Wharton
  18. I know not- he left the house a short time ago. – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  19. But the time seemed really very short. – Anne Of The Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery