Definitions for shortʃɔrt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
shortʃɔrt(adj.; adv.; n.; v.)short•er, short•est
(adj.)having little length; not long.
having little height; not tall.
extending or reaching only a little way:
a short path.
brief in duration; not extensive in time.
concise, as writing.
rudely brief; abrupt.
low in amount; scanty:
not reaching a mark, target, or the like.
not reaching a standard, required level, etc.; deficient:
a short measure.
having an insufficient amount (often fol. by in or on):
He was short in experience.
(of pastry) crisp and flaky from being made with a large proportion of butter or other shortening.
(of metals) deficient in tenacity; friable; brittle.
(of a speech sound) lasting a relatively short time. having the sound of the English vowels in bat, bet, bit, hot, but, and put, historically descended from vowels that were short in duration.
Ref: Compare long1 (def. 18). 1 1 21
(of a syllable in quantitative verse) lasting a relatively short time. unstressed.
(of an alcoholic drink) small.
(adv.)abruptly or suddenly:
to stop short.
on the near side of an intended or particular point:
The arrow landed short.
(n.)something that is short.
the sum and substance of a matter; gist (usu. prec. by the).
a deficiency or the amount of a deficiency; shortage.
shorts, trousers, knee-length or shorter. short pants worn by men as underwear; drawers. knee breeches, formerly worn by men. remnants or refuse of various cutting and manufacturing processes.
Category: Business, Clothing
a size of garments for persons who are shorter than average. a garment in this size.
Mil. a shot that strikes or bursts short of the target.
Category: Electricity and Magnetism
Ref: short circuit. 1
a short sound or syllable.
Category: Prosody, Language/Linguistics
Ref: shortstop (def. 1). 1 1
Ref: short subject.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Category: Common Vocabulary
Category: Common Vocabulary
Idioms for short:
come or fall short, to fail to reach a particular standard. to prove insufficient; be lacking.
cut short,to end abruptly; interrupt or terminate.
for short,by way of abbreviation.
in short, in summary. in brief.
sell short, to sell stocks at a high price without actually possessing them, expecting to cover them later at a lower price and keeping the price difference as profit. to disparage or underestimate.
Category: Idiom, Business
short for,being a shorter form of:
“Phone” is short for “telephone.”
short of, less than; inferior to. inadequately supplied with. without going to the length of:
Short of murder, they would have tried anything.
Origin of short:
bef. 900; OE sceort, c. OHG scurz
the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed
short circuit, short(noun)
accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference
the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base
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"
(primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length
"short skirts"; "short hair"; "the board was a foot short"; "a short toss"
low in stature; not tall
"he was short and stocky"; "short in stature"; "a short smokestack"; "a little man"
inadequate, poor, short(adj)
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"
unretentive, forgetful, short(adj)
(of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range
"a short memory"
not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices
"a short sale"; "short in cotton"
of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration
"the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt' are short"
light, scant(p), short(adj)
less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
"a light pound"; "a scant cup of sugar"; "regularly gives short weight"
short, shortsighted, unforesightful, myopic(adj)
lacking foresight or scope
"a short view of the problem"; "shortsighted policies"; "shortsighted critics derided the plan"; "myopic thinking"
tending to crumble or break into flakes due to a large amount of shortening
"shortbread is a short crumbly cookie"; "a short flaky pie crust"
brusque, brusk, curt, short(p)(verb)
marked by rude or peremptory shortness
"try to cultivate a less brusque manner"; "a curt reply"; "the salesgirl was very short with him"
cheat someone by not returning him enough money
create a short circuit in
abruptly, suddenly, short, dead(adverb)
quickly and without warning
"he stopped suddenly"
without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold
"he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash"
"the car's axle snapped short"
at some point or distance before a goal is reached
"he fell short of our expectations"
so as to interrupt
"She took him up short before he could continue"
at a disadvantage
"I was caught short"
curtly, short, shortly(adverb)
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
The skirt is too short.; a short piece of string; short hair
a short walk in the woods; The movie was short.
a short, plump lady
a short word beginning with 'b'; a short speech
a short version of
Sam is short for Samantha or Samuel.
rude and impatient in the way you speak to sb; = curt
He was a little short with her.
not having enough
short of money/food/time
without much warning
It's a job where you can be asked to go somewhere at very short notice.
not quite reaching a particular point
The final total came in just short of a million.
to stop sth earlier than planned
The singer has been forced to cut short her world tour.
to not reach a particular goal or standard
redevelopment plans that fell short of expectations
(of a supply) to not have much left
We're running short of paper for the photocopier.
indicates the most extreme thing you could do; = besides
Short of resigning, I have very few choices.
A short circuit.
A short film.
Jones smashes a grounder between third and short.
A short seller
The market decline was terrible, but the shorts were buying champagne.
A short sale
He closed out his short at a modest loss after three months.
To cause a short circuit in (something).
Of an electrical circuit, to short circuit.
To provide with a smaller than agreed or labeled amount.
This is the third time I've caught them shorting us.
To sell something, especially securities, that one does not own at the moment for delivery at a later date in hopes of profiting from a decline in the price; to sell short.
They had to stop short to avoid hitting the dog in the street.
The recent developments at work caught them short.
The boss got a message and cut the meeting short.
He cut me short repeatedly in the meeting.
without achieving a goal or requirement
His speech fell short of what was expected.
of a cricket ball, to bounce relatively far from the batsman so that it bounces higher than normal; opposite of full
With a negative ownership position.
We went short most finance companies in July.
Having a small distance from one end or edge to another, either horizontally or vertically.
Of comparatively little height.
Having little duration; opposite of long.
Our meeting was a short six minutes today. Every day for the past month it's been at least twenty minutes long.
Of a word or phrase, constituting an abbreviation (for another) or shortened form (of another).
u201CPhoneu201D is short for u201Ctelephoneu201D and "asap" short for "as soon as possible".
that bounced relatively far from the batsman
relatively close to the batsman
brittle (of pastry); see also shortening, shortcrust
The cashier came up short ten dollars on his morning shift.
Any financial investment position that is structured to be profitable if the price of the underlying security declines in the future.
I'm short General Motors because I think their sales are plunging.
Having a negative position in.
I don't want to be short the market going into the weekend.
not long; having brief length or linear extension; as, a short distance; a short piece of timber; a short flight
not extended in time; having very limited duration; not protracted; as, short breath
limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty; as, a short supply of provisions, or of water
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
deficient; defective; imperfect; not coming up, as to a measure or standard; as, an account which is short of the trith
not distant in time; near at hand
limited in intellectual power or grasp; not comprehensive; narrow; not tenacious, as memory
less important, efficaceous, or powerful; not equal or equivalent; less (than); -- with of
abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant; as, he gave a short answer to the question
breaking or crumbling readily in the mouth; crisp; as, short pastry
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
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
a summary account
the part of milled grain sifted out which is next finer than the bran
short, inferior hemp
a short sound, syllable, or vowel
in a short manner; briefly; limitedly; abruptly; quickly; as, to stop short in one's course; to turn short
to fail; to decrease
Translations for short
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
You look nice with your hair short; Do you think my dress is too short?
- curtoPortuguese (BR)
- κοντός, που δεν είναι μακρύςGreek
- لنډ، ټيټ، لږ، كم (وخت): لنډ ګنډ، وچ، توند (لكه جواب): نيمګړى، لږ، ناپوره، ناكافي، باقي، پاتېPashto
- 短的Chinese (Trad.)
- لمبائی میں کمUrdu
- 短的Chinese (Simp.)
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