Definition of Short

1. Noun. The location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed.

2. Verb. Cheat someone by not returning him enough money.

3. Adjective. Primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration. "Only a few short months"

4. Adverb. Quickly and without warning. "He stopped suddenly"
Exact synonyms: Abruptly, Dead, Suddenly
Partainyms: Abrupt, Sudden

5. Noun. Accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference.
Exact synonyms: Short Circuit
Group relationships: Circuit, Electric Circuit, Electrical Circuit
Generic synonyms: Contact, Tangency

6. Verb. Create a short circuit in.
Exact synonyms: Short-circuit
Generic synonyms: Create, Make

7. Adjective. (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length. "A short toss"

8. Adverb. Without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold. "He made his fortune by selling short just before the crash"
Category relationships: Finance

9. Noun. The fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base.
Exact synonyms: Shortstop
Generic synonyms: Position
Group relationships: Baseball Team

10. Adjective. Low in stature; not tall. "A little man"

11. Adverb. Clean across. "The car's axle snapped short"

12. Adjective. Not sufficient to meet a need. "Short on experience"
Exact synonyms: Inadequate, Poor
Similar to: Deficient, Insufficient
Derivative terms: Inadequateness, Poorness, Shortness

13. Adverb. At some point or distance before a goal is reached. "He fell short of our expectations"

14. Adjective. (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range. "A short memory"
Exact synonyms: Forgetful, Unretentive
Also: Forgetful, Mindless, Unmindful
Derivative terms: Forgetfulness, Shortness
Antonyms: Retentive

15. Adverb. So as to interrupt. "She took him up short before he could continue"

16. Adjective. Not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices. "Short in cotton"
Category relationships: Finance
Antonyms: Long

17. Adverb. At a disadvantage. "I was caught short"
Exact synonyms: Unawares

18. Adjective. Of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration. "The English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt' are short"
Category relationships: Phonetics
Antonyms: Long

19. Adverb. In a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner. "He said shortly that he didn't like it"
Exact synonyms: Curtly, Shortly
Partainyms: Curt

20. Adjective. Less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so. "Regularly gives short weight"
Exact synonyms: Light, Scant
Similar to: Deficient, Insufficient
Derivative terms: Scantness

21. Adjective. Lacking foresight or scope. "Myopic thinking"
Exact synonyms: Myopic, Shortsighted, Unforesightful
Similar to: Improvident
Derivative terms: Shortsightedness

22. Adjective. Tending to crumble or break into flakes due to a large amount of shortening. "A short flaky pie crust"
Similar to: Breakable

23. Adjective. Marked by rude or peremptory shortness. "The salesgirl was very short with him"
Exact synonyms: Brusk, Brusque, Curt
Similar to: Discourteous
Derivative terms: Brusqueness, Curtness, Shortness

Definition of Short

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

2. n. A summary account.

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

4. v. t. To shorten.

5. v. i. To fail; to decrease.

Definition of Short

1. Adjective. Having a small distance from one end or edge to another, either horizontally or vertically. ¹

2. Adjective. (context: of a person) Of comparatively little height. ¹

3. Adjective. Having little duration; opposite of long. ¹

4. Adjective. (context: followed by '''for''') Of a word or phrase, constituting an abbreviation (for another) or shortened form (of another). ¹

5. Adjective. (cricket of a ball) that bounced relatively far from the batsman ¹

6. Adjective. (cricket of a fielder or fielding position) relatively close to the batsman ¹

7. Adjective. brittle (of pastry); see also shortening, shortcrust ¹

8. Adjective. missing, deficient ¹

9. Adjective. Any financial investment position that is structured to be profitable if the price of the underlying security declines in the future. ¹

10. Adverb. abruptly ¹

11. Adverb. unawares ¹

12. Adverb. briefly ¹

13. Adverb. curtly ¹

14. Adverb. without achieving a goal or requirement ¹

15. Adverb. (cricket) of a cricket ball, to bounce relatively far from the batsman so that it bounces higher than normal; opposite of full ¹

16. Adverb. (finance) With a negative ownership position. ¹

17. Noun. A short circuit. ¹

18. Noun. A short film. ¹

19. Noun. (non-gloss definition Used to indicate a short-length version of a size) ¹

20. Noun. (baseball) shortstop ¹

21. Noun. (finance) A short seller ¹

22. Noun. (finance) A short sale ¹

23. Verb. (transitive) To cause a short circuit in (something). ¹

24. Verb. (intransitive) Of an electrical circuit, to short circuit. ¹

25. Verb. (transitive) To shortchange. ¹

26. Verb. (transitive) To provide with a smaller than agreed or labeled amount. ¹

27. Verb. (transitive business) 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'''. ¹

28. Preposition. Deficient in. ¹

29. Preposition. (finance) Having a negative position in. ¹

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Definition of Short

1. having little length [adj SHORTER, SHORTEST] / to cause a type of electrical malfunction in [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Short

1. 1. Not long; having brief length or linear extension; as, a short distance; a short piece of timber; a short flight. "The bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it." (Isa. Xxviii. 20) 2. Not extended in time; having very limited duration; not protracted; as, short breath. "The life so short, the craft so long to learn." (Chaucer) "To short absense I could yield." (Milton) 3. Limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty; as, a short supply of provisions, or of water. 4. 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. "We shall be short in our provision." (Shak) 5. Deficient; defective; imperfect; not coming up, as to a measure or standard; as, an account which is short of the trith. 6. Not distant in time; near at hand. "Marinell was sore offended That his departure thence should be so short." (Spenser) "He commanded those who were appointed to attend him to be ready by a short day." (Clarendon) 7. Limited in intellectual power or grasp; not comprehensive; narrow; not tenacious, as memory. "Their own short understandings reach No farther than the present." (Rowe) 8. Less important, efficaceous, or powerful; not equal or equivalent; less (than); with of. "Hardly anything short of an invasion could rouse them again to war." (Landor) 9. Abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant; as, he gave a short answer to the question. 10. Breaking or crumbling readily in the mouth; crisp; as, short pastry. 11. Brittle. Metals that are brittle when hot are called ot-short; as, cast iron may be hot-short, owing to the presence of sulphur. Those that are brittle when cold are called cold-short; as, cast iron may be cold-short, on account of the presence of phosphorus. 12. Engaging or engaged to deliver what is not possessed; as, short contracts; to be short of stock. See The shorts, under Short, and To sell short. In mercantile transactions, a note or bill is sometimes made payable at short sight, that is, in a little time after being presented to the payer. 13. 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. Short is much used with participles to form numerous self-explaining compounds; as, short-armed, short-billed, short-fingered, short-haired, short-necked, short-sleeved, short-tailed, short-winged, short-wooled, etc. at short notice, in a brief time; promptly. Short rib, any suit having only three cards, or less than three. To come short, To cut short, To fall short, etc. See Come, Cut, etc. Origin: 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Short

shoring up
short-billed marsh wren
short-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase
short-chain beta-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrase
short-circuit operator
short-circuit operators

Literary usage of Short

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1. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen, Reginald Brimley Johnson (1892)
"Henry's address, short as it had been, had more thoroughly opened her eyes ... But now —in short, she made herself as miserable as possible for about half ..."

2. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Herbert Arthur Evans, Charles Praetorius (1886)
"... however short, might, if it flowed easily and naturally, have passed as an integral part of an independent play, but by a few spasmodic utterances ..."

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