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  1. short storynoun

    a prose narrative shorter than a novel


  1. short storynoun

    A work of fiction that is shorter than a novel.


  1. Short story

    A short story is a piece of prose fiction that can typically be read in a single sitting and focuses on a self-contained incident or series of linked incidents, with the intent of evoking a single effect or mood. The short story is one of the oldest types of literature and has existed in the form of legends, mythic tales, folk tales, fairy tales, tall tales, fables and anecdotes in various ancient communities around the world. The modern short story developed in the early 19th century.


  1. short story

    A short story is a brief work of fiction that is typically designed to be read in one sitting. It usually contains a singular plot, one main character, and a concise and focused theme. Unlike a novel, a short story does not usually provide detailed background information, subplots, or development of secondary characters. The emphasis is on creating a compact, impactful narrative with a precise effect or moral lesson.


  1. Short story

    A short story is a brief work of literature, usually written in narrative prose. Emerging from earlier oral storytelling traditions in the 17th century, the short story has grown to encompass a body of work so diverse as to defy easy characterization. At its most prototypical the short story features a small cast of named characters, and focuses on a self-contained incident with the intent of evoking a "single effect" or mood. In so doing, short stories make use of plot, resonance, and other dynamic components to a far greater degree than is typical of an anecdote, yet to a far lesser degree than a novel. While the short story is largely distinct from the novel, authors of both generally draw from a common pool of literary techniques. Short stories have no set length. In terms of word count there is no official demarcation between an anecdote, a short story, and a novel. Rather, the form's parameters are given by the rhetorical and practical context in which a given story is produced and considered, so that what constitutes a short story may differ between genres, countries, eras, and commentators. Like the novel, the short story's predominant shape reflects the demands of the available markets for publication, and the evolution of the form seems closely tied to the evolution of the publishing industry and the submission guidelines of its constituent houses.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of short story in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of short story in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of short story in a Sentence

  1. Chief Executive Steve Mollenkopf:

    On QTL the short story is that the underlying market continues to grow, We are not participating in it right now to the degree we would like to, but once we resolve China we think we'll continue to grow in that area.

  2. Paul Rosenblatt:

    I don't know what I'm going to do later today or tomorrow, but here's a short story I wanted to read, or there's a magazine I haven't read.

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