[ US /ˈʃɔɹt/ ]
[ UK /ʃˈɔːt/ ]
  1. create a short circuit in
  2. cheat someone by not returning him enough money
  1. tending to crumble or break into flakes due to a large amount of shortening
    a short flaky pie crust
    shortbread is a short crumbly cookie
  2. (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length
    short skirts
    short hair
    the board was a foot short
    a short toss
  3. not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices
    a short sale
    short in cotton
  4. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
    regularly gives short weight
    a scant cup of sugar
    a light pound
  5. of insufficient quantity to meet a need
    short on experience
    money is short
    food is in short supply
    on short rations
    an inadequate income
    the jejune diets of the very poor
    a poor salary
  6. (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range
    a short memory
  7. of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration
    the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt' are short
  8. lacking foresight or scope
    shortsighted critics derided the plan
    shortsighted policies
    myopic thinking
    a short view of the problem
  9. low in stature; not tall
    a little man
    a short smokestack
    short in stature
    he was short and stocky
  10. primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration
    a short flight
    only a few short months
    a short life
    a short story
    a short holiday
  11. marked by rude or peremptory shortness
    try to cultivate a less brusque manner
    a curt reply
    the salesgirl was very short with him
  1. in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner
    he said shortly that he didn't like it
    he talked short with everyone
    he told me curtly to get on with it
  2. without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold
    he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash
  3. quickly and without warning
    he stopped suddenly
  4. so as to interrupt
    She took him up short before he could continue
  5. at a disadvantage
    I was caught short
  6. clean across
    the car's axle snapped short
  7. at some point or distance before a goal is reached
    he fell short of our expectations
  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
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How To Use short In A Sentence

  • 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. The Seattle Times
  • 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 ... Making Light: Open thread 136
  • I have seen far too many people give up too quickly on their programs after a few short weeks.
  • I stuck some in once when we were a bit short and the old bat threatened to stop it out of my wages.
  • This being Los Angeles, and me being a hick from the sticks, I was only a few feet away from asking the shorter guy for an autograph, when I chickened out.
  • Men with short back and sides dressed in gleaming white singlets and shorts set off downriver while a little coxswain in a cap urges them on.
  • The cells divide and change until they have a head and short tail, like tadpoles.
  • This regime should have been more than adequate to demonstrate any significant short-term effects of reduced sleep.
  • A reduced short chain fatty acid concentration has also been reported in pouch contents from patients with pouchitis compared with those without.
  • How anyone could have read some sinister intent into those views is indeed puzzling, and illustrates well how those damned Jewshow certain hypersensitive and overly privileged people who feel superior to the rest of the world are willing to cut their own throats for short term advantage by using unjustified charges of anti-semitism to point out how they take advantage of their position in any nation or institution who trusts them so as to benefit their own in group at the expense of that nation or institution. The Volokh Conspiracy » Why Catholics and Jews?
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