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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Short.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shortnoun

    the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed

  2. short circuit, shortnoun

    accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference

  3. shortstop, shortadjective

    the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base

  4. shortadjective

    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"

  5. shortadjective

    (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length

    "short skirts"; "short hair"; "the board was a foot short"; "a short toss"

  6. short, littleadjective

    low in stature; not tall

    "he was short and stocky"; "short in stature"; "a short smokestack"; "a little man"

  7. inadequate, poor, shortadjective

    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"

  8. unretentive, forgetful, shortadjective

    (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range

    "a short memory"

  9. shortadjective

    not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices

    "a short sale"; "short in cotton"

  10. shortadjective

    of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration

    "the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt' are short"

  11. light, scant(p), shortadjective

    less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so

    "a light pound"; "a scant cup of sugar"; "regularly gives short weight"

  12. short, shortsighted, unforesightful, myopicadjective

    lacking foresight or scope

    "a short view of the problem"; "shortsighted policies"; "shortsighted critics derided the plan"; "myopic thinking"

  13. shortadjective

    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"

  14. 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"

  15. short-change, shortverb

    cheat someone by not returning him enough money

  16. short-circuit, shortadverb

    create a short circuit in

  17. abruptly, suddenly, short, deadadverb

    quickly and without warning

    "he stopped suddenly"

  18. shortadverb

    without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold

    "he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash"

  19. shortadverb

    clean across

    "the car's axle snapped short"

  20. shortadverb

    at some point or distance before a goal is reached

    "he fell short of our expectations"

  21. shortadverb

    so as to interrupt

    "She took him up short before he could continue"

  22. short, unawaresadverb

    at a disadvantage

    "I was caught short"

  23. curtly, short, shortlyadverb

    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"


  1. shortnoun

    A short circuit.

  2. shortnoun

    A short film.

  3. shortnoun


    Jones smashes a grounder between third and short.

  4. shortnoun

    A short seller

    The market decline was terrible, but the shorts were buying champagne.

  5. shortnoun

    A short sale

    He closed out his short at a modest loss after three months.

  6. shortverb

    To cause a short circuit in (something).

  7. shortverb

    Of an electrical circuit, to short circuit.

  8. shortverb

    To shortchange.

  9. shortverb

    To provide with a smaller than agreed or labeled amount.

    This is the third time I've caught them shorting us.

  10. shortverb

    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.

  11. shortadverb


    They had to stop short to avoid hitting the dog in the street.

  12. shortadverb


    The recent developments at work caught them short.

  13. shortadverb


    The boss got a message and cut the meeting short.

  14. shortadverb


    He cut me short repeatedly in the meeting.

  15. shortadverb

    without achieving a goal or requirement

    His speech fell short of what was expected.

  16. shortadverb

    of a cricket ball, to bounce relatively far from the batsman so that it bounces higher than normal; opposite of full

  17. shortadverb

    With a negative ownership position.

    We went short most finance companies in July.

  18. shortadjective

    Having a small distance from one end or edge to another, either horizontally or vertically.

  19. shortadjective

    Of comparatively little height.

  20. shortadjective

    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.

  21. shortadjective

    Of a word or phrase, constituting an abbreviation (for another) or shortened form (of another).

    Phone is short for telephone and "asap" short for "as soon as possible".

  22. shortadjective

    that bounced relatively far from the batsman

  23. shortadjective

    relatively close to the batsman

  24. shortadjective

    brittle (of pastry); see also shortening, shortcrust

  25. shortadjective

    missing, deficient

    The cashier came up short ten dollars on his morning shift.

  26. shortadjective

    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.

  27. shortpreposition

    Deficient in.

  28. shortpreposition

    Having a negative position in.

    I don't want to be short the market going into the weekend.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Short

    not long; having brief length or linear extension; as, a short distance; a short piece of timber; a short flight

  2. Short

    not extended in time; having very limited duration; not protracted; as, short breath

  3. Short

    limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty; as, a short supply of provisions, or of water

  4. Short

    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

  5. Short

    deficient; defective; imperfect; not coming up, as to a measure or standard; as, an account which is short of the trith

  6. Short

    not distant in time; near at hand

  7. Short

    limited in intellectual power or grasp; not comprehensive; narrow; not tenacious, as memory

  8. Short

    less important, efficaceous, or powerful; not equal or equivalent; less (than); -- with of

  9. Short

    abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant; as, he gave a short answer to the question

  10. Short

    breaking or crumbling readily in the mouth; crisp; as, short pastry

  11. Short


  12. Short

    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

  13. Shortadverb

    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

  14. Shortnoun

    a summary account

  15. Shortnoun

    the part of milled grain sifted out which is next finer than the bran

  16. Shortnoun

    short, inferior hemp

  17. Shortnoun

    breeches; shortclothes

  18. Shortnoun

    a short sound, syllable, or vowel

  19. Shortadverb

    in a short manner; briefly; limitedly; abruptly; quickly; as, to stop short in one's course; to turn short

  20. Shortverb

    to shorten

  21. Shortverb

    to fail; to decrease

  22. Etymology: [OE. short, schort, AS. scort, sceort; akin to OHG. scurz, Icel. skorta to be short of, to lack, and perhaps to E. shear, v. t. Cf. Shirt.]


  1. Short

    Short is a lunar impact crater that is located in the southern regions of the Moon, on the near side. It lies just to the south of the larger, prominent crater Moretus, and northeast of Newton. This crater lies across an older crater designated Short B. Only the eroded southeastern section of the rim of Short B still survives. There is a cluster of small craters attached to the outer rim within the attached Short B. Short itself is an eroded formation with a somewhat uneven outer rim. The inner wall is more narrow to the southeast and wider elsewhere. Several tiny craterlets lie along the rim edge, as well as the inner wall and floor. At the midpoint of the interior floor of Short is a low central rise. A small crater lies along the northeast edge of this hill.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Short

    short, adj. (comp. Short′er, superl. Short′est) not long in time or space: not tall: near at hand, early in date: scanty, lacking, insufficient: in error, deficient in wisdom, grasp, memory, &c.: narrow: abrupt, curt, sharp, uncivil: brittle, crumbling away readily: not prolonged in utterance, unaccented: (coll.) undiluted with water, neat: falling below a certain standard (with of): of stocks, &c., not having in possession when selling, not able to meet one's engagements, pertaining to short stocks or to those who have sold short.—adv. not long.—n. a summary account: a short time or syllable: whatever is deficient in number, quantity, &c.: a short sale, one who has made such: (pl.) small clothes, knee-breeches: the bran and coarse part of meal, in mixture.—ns. Short′age, deficiency; Short′-allow′ance, less than the regular allowance; Short′-and, the character '&,' the ampersand.—adj. Short′-armed, having short arms, not reaching far.—ns. Short′-bill, one having less than ten days to run; Short′-cake, a rich tea-cake made short and crisp with butter or lard and baked—also Short′-bread (Scot.): (U.S.) a light cake, prepared in layers with fruit between, served with cream; Short′-cir′cuit (electr.), a path of comparatively low resistance between two points of a circuit.—n.pl. Short′-clothes, small clothes, the dress of young children after the first long clothes.—v.t. Short′-coat, to dress in short-coats.—n.pl. Short′-coats, the shortened skirts of a child when the first long clothes are left off.—n. Short′coming, act of coming or falling short of produce or result: neglect of, or failure in, duty.—n.pl. Short′-comm′ons (see Common).—n. Short′-cross, the short cross-bar of a printer's chase.—adjs. Short′-cut, cut short instead of in long shreds—of tobacco, &c.—also n.; Short′-dāt′ed, having short or little time to run from its date, as a bill.—n. Short′-divi′sion, a method of division with a divisor not larger than 12—opp. to Long-division.—v.t. Short′en, to make short: to deprive: to make friable.—v.i. to become short or shorter: to contract.—n. Short′-gown, a loose jacket with a skirt, worn by women, a bed-gown.—adj. Short′-grassed (Shak.), provided or covered with short grass.—n. Short′hand, an art by which writing is made shorter and easier, so as to keep pace with speaking.—adj. Short′-hand′ed, not having the proper number of servants, work-people, &c.—ns. Short′hander, a stenographer; Short′-horn, one of a breed of cattle having very short horns—Durham and Teeswater.—adj. Short′-horned.—n. Short′-hose, the stockings of the Highland dress, reaching to the knee, as opposed to the long hose formerly worn by Englishmen.—adjs. Short′-joint′ed, short between the joints: having a short pastern; Short′-legged (Shak.), having short legs; Short′-lived, living or lasting only for a short time.—adv. Short′ly, in a short time: in a brief manner: quickly: soon.—ns. Short′-mē′tre (see Metre); Short′ness; Short′-pull, a light impression on a hand-press; Short′-rib, one of the lower ribs, not reaching to the breast-bone, a false or floating rib.—adj. Short′-sight′ed, having sight extending but a short distance: unable to see far: of weak intellect: heedless.—adv. Short′-sight′edly.—n. Short′-sight′edness.—adjs. Short′-spō′ken, sharp and curt in speech; Short′-stā′ple, having the fibre short.—n. Short′-stop, the player at base-ball between the second and third base.—adjs. Short′-tem′pered, easily put into a rage; Short′-wind′ed, affected with shortness of wind or breath; Short′-wit′ted, having little wit, judgment, or intellect.—At short sight, meaning that a bill is payable soon after being presented; Be taken short (coll.), to be suddenly seized with a desire to evacuate fæces; Come, Cut, Fall, short (see Come, Cut, Fall); In short, in a few words; Make short work of, to settle some difficulty or opposition promptly; Take up short, to check or to answer curtly; The long and short, the whole. [A.S. sceort; Old High Ger. scurz; the Dut. and Sw. kort, Ger. kurz, are borrowed from L. curtus.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. short

    "Heave short," means to heave in the cable till it is nearly up and down, and would hold the vessel securely until she had set all common sail, and would not drag or upset the anchor. If, however, the wind be free, and the making sail unimportant, short would probably be short apeek, or up and down, the last move of weighing awaiting perhaps signal or permission to part.

Rap Dictionary

  1. shortnoun

    Vehicle. Often lowered.

  2. shortadjective

    Not enough. "I'm short $5."

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Short' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #543

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Short' in Written Corpus Frequency: #659

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Short' in Adjectives Frequency: #50

Anagrams for Short »

  1. thors

  2. trosh

  3. horst

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Short in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Short in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Short in a Sentence

  1. Zach Johnson:

    I hit a lot of fairways, which you have to do here, and I hit a lot of greens in regulation, i missed a lot of makeable, short putts that week and still had a chance to win coming down the stretch.

  2. Eddy M Reyes:

    Life is too short. Don't walk. Don't run. Fly.

  3. Eric Yuan:

    We recognize that we have fallen short of the community's – and our own – privacy and security expectations, for that, I am deeply sorry.

  4. Yu Bin:

    Given the short-term rising downward pressure, it does not benefit China's structural adjustment if economic growth is too slow or too fast.

  5. Norman Levine:

    Possibly in the short term, markets will selloff on that ... But it's great for the long term because it means the U.S. economy is doing better and that's good for everybody and for stocks, all that said, we are in the midst of a correction in North America. It's one that's much needed, much anticipated and very welcome.

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