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short - Dictionary definition and meaning for word short

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(noun) the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed
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(noun) accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference
Synonyms : short circuit

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(noun) the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base
Synonyms : shortstop

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(verb) cheat someone by not returning him enough money
Synonyms : short-change

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(verb) create a short circuit in
Synonyms : short-circuit

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(adj) primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration
Example Sentence
  • a short life
  • a short flight
  • a short holiday
  • a short story
  • only a few short months

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(adj) (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length
Example Sentence
  • short skirts
  • short hair
  • the board was a foot short
  • a short toss

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(adj) low in stature; not tall
Synonyms : little
Example Sentence
  • he was short and stocky
  • short in stature
  • a short smokestack
  • a little man

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(adj) not sufficient to meet a need
Synonyms : inadequate , poor
Example Sentence
  • an inadequate income
  • a poor salary
  • money is short
  • on short rations
  • food is in short supply
  • short on experience

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(adj) (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range
Synonyms : forgetful , unretentive
Example Sentence
  • a short memory

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(adj) not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices
Example Sentence
  • a short sale
  • short in cotton

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(adj) of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration
Example Sentence
  • the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt' are short

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(adj) less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
Synonyms : light , scant
Example Sentence
  • a light pound
  • a scant cup of sugar
  • regularly gives short weight

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(adj) lacking foresight or scope
Example Sentence
  • a short view of the problem
  • shortsighted policies
  • shortsighted critics derided the plan
  • myopic thinking

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(adj) tending to crumble or break into flakes due to a large amount of shortening
Example Sentence
  • shortbread is a short crumbly cookie
  • a short flaky pie crust

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(adj) marked by rude or peremptory shortness
Synonyms : brusk , brusque , curt
Example Sentence
  • try to cultivate a less brusque manner
  • a curt reply
  • the salesgirl was very short with him

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(adv) quickly and without warning
Synonyms : abruptly , dead , suddenly
Example Sentence
  • he stopped suddenly

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(adv) without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold
Example Sentence
  • he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash

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(adv) clean across
Example Sentence
  • the car's axle snapped short

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(adv) at some point or distance before a goal is reached
Example Sentence
  • he fell short of our expectations

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(adv) so as to interrupt
Example Sentence
  • She took him up short before he could continue

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(adv) at a disadvantage
Synonyms : unawares
Example Sentence
  • I was caught short

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(adv) in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner
Synonyms : curtly , shortly
Example Sentence
  • he told me curtly to get on with it
  • he talked short with everyone
  • he said shortly that he didn't like it

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