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Definitions of short

  1.   quickly and without warning he stopped suddenly
  2.   marked by rude or peremptory shortness try to cultivate a less brusque manner a curt reply the salesgirl was very short with him
  3.   quickly aroused to anger a hotheaded commander
  4.   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
  5.   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
  6.   lacking foresight or scope a short view of the problem shortsighted policies shortsighted critics derided the plan myopic thinking
  7.   less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so a light pound a scant cup of sugar regularly gives short weight
  8.   cheat someone by not returning him enough money
  9.   the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between 2nd and 3rd base
  10.   the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed
  11.   accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference
  12.   tightly she caught him up short on his lapel
  13.   at a disadvantage I was caught short
  14.   so as to interrupt She took him up short before he could continue
  15.   at some point or distance before a goal is reached he fell short of our expectations
  16.   clean across the car's axle snapped short
  17.   create a short circuit in
  18.   most direct took the shortest and most direct route to town
  19.   unwilling to endure she was short with the slower students
  20.   primarily spatial sense having little length or lacking in length short skirts short hair the board was a foot short a short toss
  21.   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
  22.   of speech sounds especially vowels of relatively short duration as e g the English vowel sounds in pat' pet' pit' pot' putt'
  23.   not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices a short sale short in cotton
  24.   of memory deficient in retentiveness or range a short memory
  25.   used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively brief duration
  26.   low in stature not tall his was short and stocky short in stature a short smokestack
  27.   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
  28.   without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash
  29.   Brittle
  30.   Not long having brief length or linear extension as a short distance a short piece of timber a short flight
  31.   Not extended in time having very limited duration not protracted as short breath
  32.   Limited in quantity inadequate insufficient scanty as a short supply of provisions or of water
  33.   Deficient defective imperfect not coming up as to a measure or standard as an account which is short of the trith
  34.   Not distant in time near at hand
  35.   Limited in intellectual power or grasp not comprehensive narrow not tenacious as memory
  36.   Abrupt brief pointed petulant as he gave a short answer to the question
  37.   Breaking or crumbling readily in the mouth crisp as short pastry
  38.   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
  39.   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
  40.   A summary account
  41.   The part of milled grain sifted out which is next finer than the bran
  42.   Short inferior hemp
  43.   Breeches shortclothes
  44.   A short sound syllable or vowel
  45.   In a short manner briefly limitedly abruptly quickly as to stop short in one's course to turn short
  46.   To shorten
  47.   To fail to decrease
  48.   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
  49.   Less important efficaceous or powerful not equal or equivalent less than with of
  50.   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
  51.   Something that is short one who sells stocks which he does not at that time possess
  52.   Abruptly curtly of selling not in possession of the goods sold as to sell stocks short
  53.   Shortness
  54.   Shorter
  55.   Shortest
  56.   comp SHORTER superl SHORTEST Not long in time or space near at hand scanty insufficient narrow abrupt brittle
  57.   Not long
  58.   Not long scanty abrupt brittle
  59.   Of slight length height or duration not long or tall brief scant curt crisp
  60.   The substance or pith of a matter
  61.   Anything that is short as a short syllable a deficiency
  62.   In a short manner petulantly
  63.   Not long not of long duration not of sufficient length or range defective scanty brief concise brittle friable abrupt petulant
  64.   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
  65.   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
  66.   Not long quickly in sufficiently
  67.   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

Antonyms for short

rife, full, chock-full, extendible, interminable, genteel, lofty, lengthy, bounteous, vast, bouncy, chockablock, time-consuming, teeming, wordy, overflowing, suave, hefty, elastic, long-snouted, spare, moneyed, yearlong, innumerable, unconditioned, superfluous, countless, perfect, garrulous, eternal, sturdy, sizable, big, statuesque, long-winded, Crammed, elevated, abounding, passable, semipermanent, well endowed, gracious, rambling, high, prolix, proud, infinite, particular, upswept, all-right, nightlong, gangling, elongated, lifelong, excess, exuberant, Thronging, persistent, polysyllabic, decent, long, colossal, pleonastic, stuffed, enlarged, circumlocutory, hulking, super, refined, politic, rangy, particularized, loquacious, extensive, limitless, smooth, extendable, great, unending, courtly, extra, plenteous, bimestrial, civil, voluble, bountiful, surplus, unmeasured, measureless, stretchy, oversize, long-wool, liberal, replete, unbreakable, tactful, unlimited, tallish, large, lengthened, circuitous, unbounded, lank, agelong, lifted, redundant, affluent, overnight, respectable, lanky, voluminous, chronic, fat, fairish, supple, steep, supernumerary, long-drawn-out, longitudinal, ample, circumstantial, capacious, pliant, well-fixed, oblong, crowded, fine, sesquipedalian, monthlong, broad, long-range, exalted, pliable, long-wooled, wide, swarming, long-term, considerate, verbose, bulky, flexible, profuse, daylong, talkative, serviceable, long-handled, longstanding, longish, lavish, accurate, provident, polished, in height, supererogatory, elongate, tall-growing, sufficient, prolonged, well-heeled, long-shanked, diplomatic, filled, mealymouthed, durable, high-rise, continuing, flush, immense, stretchable, leggy, protracted, luxuriant, long-acting, expanded, undefiled, tolerable, jumbo, boundless, adequate, copious, generous, gallant, stately, Supplemented, womb-to-tomb, awash, whippy, tedious, largish, enough, outsize, jammed, well-to-do, far, eminent, towering, bursting, long-lived, long-staple, unfathomable, abundant, courteous, weeklong, cultivated, gangly, long-lasting, well-off, stretch, silk stocking, long run, endless, Overlong, illimitable, logorrheic, fat cat, drawn-out, finished, O.K., detailed, good, hourlong, completed, king-size, brimful, wealthy, numberless, considerable, marathon, altitudinous, substantial, tall, brimming, tough, blow-by-blow, springy, uplifted, thorough, enormous, long-life, strong, opulent, huge, extended, long-legged, immeasurable, satisfactory, thick, unblemished, permanent, loaded, minute, elaborate, gigantic, polite, retentive, packed, resilient, long-dated, lasting, jam-packed, massive, entire, everlasting, fraught, deep-pocketed, diffuse, raised, acceptable, lousy, perennial, rich, plentiful, spacious.

Quotes of short

  1. Shows were very different then even as the headliner we did a very short set by today's standards and sound systems were really primitive But the girls made it all worthwhile – Peter Asher
  2. Robert Louis Stevenson I'm focusing on the late short stories that I was ignorant of I always thought he was a boys' author but he's not at all – Jane Birkin
  3. An international race in the relevant technologies is getting under way at this point not necessarily with an understanding of where that race leads in the long run but strongly motivated by the short -term payoffs – K. Eric Drexler
  4. I remarked constantly just at sunset in these latitudes that the eastern horizon was brilliantly illuminated with a kind of mock sunset This in a short time disappeared to be soon succeeded by another similar in character but more faint – George Grey
  5. Bring a wife home to your house when you are of the right age not far short of 30 years nor much above this is the right time for marriage – Hesiod
  6. Songs used to be short then they became longer and now they're getting shorter But otherwise music is about a beat and a message If the beat gets to the audience and the message touches them you've got a hit – Casey Kasum
  7. Life is short and progress is slow – Gabriel Lippmann
  8. We busted a lot of family secrets with this But to make a long story short my parents relationship was built heavily on security issues for my Mom and when my Dad couldn't provide security the relationship unraveled – Kenny Loggins
  9. Goals help you overcome short -term problems – Hannah More
  10. The real sin with Social Security is that it's a long -term rip -off and a short -term scam – Tony Snow
  11. Beauty is a short -lived tyranny – Socrates
  12. A lot of people stop short They don't actually die but they say 'Right I'm old and I'm going to retire and then they dwindle into nothing They go off to Florida and become jolly boring – Mary Wesley
  13. A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire women will like him – Mae West
  14. The attitude is we live and let live This is actually an amazing change in values in a rather short time and it's an example of freedom from religion – Thomas Wolfe
  15. I don't want to sell myself short You hurt your spouse not so much by the infidelity but by the negative feelings about yourself that you bring home – Michael Zaslow

Usage examples for short

  1. My letter was very short – Basil by Wilkie Collins
  2. And now the time was very short – Quiet Talks on Service by S. D. Gordon
  3. But the time seemed really very short – Anne Of The Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  4. Not in short art – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  5. There was no more talk now of a short war – A Minstrel In France by Harry Lauder
  6. “ 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
  7. The other gave a short hard laugh – Kildares of Storm by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  8. He began to say something further but stopped short – The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson
  9. “ For a short time only – From Plotzk to Boston by Mary Antin Commentator: Israel Zangwill
  10. “ 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
  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. And it's so short there's no point anyway – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  13. 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
  14. At sight of Woburn he stopped short – The Greater Inclination by Edith Wharton
  15. Nothing short of that will do – The Red Rat's Daughter by Guy Boothby
  16. The time is too short – The Gold of Chickaree by Susan Warner
  17. Well make the most of your chance to sleep you may have to go short later – Jimgrim and Allah's Peace by Talbot Mundy
  18. This is possible because of the short time occupied in making dynamite – Careers of Danger and Daring by Cleveland Moffett
  19. That was the long and short of it wasn't it – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  20. In short she died – Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research by Michael Sage

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