short vs long vs tall

short

Definitions

verb

  1. create a short circuit in
  2. cheat someone by not returning him enough money

adjective

  1. tending to crumble or break into flakes due to a large amount of shortening
  2. (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length
  3. not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices
  4. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
  5. of insufficient quantity to meet a need
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adverb

  1. in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner
  2. without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold
  3. quickly and without warning
  4. so as to interrupt
  5. at a disadvantage
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noun

  1. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base
  2. the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed
  3. accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference

Examples

Sodium thiopental was used by most U.S. states as part of a lethal injection combination, but many have switched to an alternative drug called pentobarbital amid an ongoing shortage.

Hmm... a bit of Googling produces this short book review by Charles Solomon, which has the line: "As an essayist, Didion lacks the hyaline profundity of Susan Sontag or the classical erudition of Marguerite Yourcenar ...

I have seen far too many people give up too quickly on their programs after a few short weeks.

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long

Definitions

adverb

  1. for an extended distance
  2. for an extended time or at a distant time

adjective

  1. primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified
  2. holding securities or commodities in expectation of a rise in prices
  3. primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified
  4. having or being more than normal or necessary
  5. (of speech sounds or syllables) of relatively long duration
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verb

  1. desire strongly or persistently

Examples

The buildings are usually gabled, with rows of tiles along the ridges of the roofs.

Intellectual Dublin seemed no longer to consist of writers, but of folk singers, bearded or otherwise.

He watched them disappear from his view, his father still waddling along with that bloody basket.

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