adjective, short·er, short·est.
- (of pastry and the like) crisp and flaky; breaking or crumbling readily from being made with a large proportion of butter or other shortening.
- (of dough) containing a relatively large amount of shortening.
- not possessing at the time of sale commodities or stocks that one sells.
- noting or pertaining to a sale of commodities or stocks that the seller does not possess, depending for profit on a decline in prices.
- lasting a relatively short time: “Bit” has a shorter vowel-sound than “bid” or “bead.”
- belonging to a class of sounds considered as usually shorter in duration than another class, as the vowel of but as compared to that of bought, and in many languages serving as a distinctive feature of phonemes, as the a in German Bann in contrast with the ah in Bahn, or the t in Italian fato in contrast with the tt in fatto (opposed to long).
- having the sound of the English vowels in bat, bet, bit, hot, but, and put, historically descended from vowels that were short in duration.
- (of a syllable in quantitative verse) lasting a relatively shorter time than a long syllable.
- unstressed (def. 1).
- trousers, knee-length or shorter.
- short pants worn by men as an undergarment.
- knee breeches, formerly worn by men.
- Finance. short-term bonds.
- Mining. crushed ore failing to pass through a given screen, thus being of a larger given size than a specific grade.Compare fine1 (def. 31a).
- remnants, discards, or refuse of various cutting and manufacturing processes.
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SYNONYMS FOR short
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Idioms for short
- to fail to reach a particular standard.
- to prove insufficient; be lacking: Her funds fell short, and she had to wire home for help.
- in summary.
- in few words; in brief: In short, this has been rather a disappointing day.
- Stock Exchange. to sell stocks or the like without having them in one's actual possession at the time of the sale.
- to disparage or underestimate: Don't sell Tom short; he's really an excellent engineer.
- less than; inferior to.
- inadequately supplied with (money, food, etc.).
- without going to the length of; failing of; excluding: Short of murder, there is nothing he wouldn't have tried to get what he wanted.
Origin of short
synonym study for short
OTHER WORDS FROM shortshort·ness, nouno·ver·short, adjectiveo·ver·short·ness, nounun·short, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for short
Be is a short album, with just seven new tracks alongside “Dynamite.”BTS’s new album is sublime comfort pop for the soul in lockdown|Aja Romano|November 20, 2020|Vox
TSM also took the spring split that year, but fell short during the summer split and in Worlds.
This year for Halloween, I almost went as Princess Diana, the biker shorts and oversized sweatshirts version.What ‘The Crown’ got right in portraying Princess Diana’s bulimia: It let her voice be heard|Amanda Long|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
By late summer, the university was processing a few thousand tests a day, far short of the 20,000 officials had hoped for.Hogan’s first batch of coronavirus tests from South Korea were flawed, never used|Steve Thompson|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Hospitals are short on nurses, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended against traveling for the holidays.How much is 250,000 deaths? Enough to empty wide swaths of the country.|Lauren Tierney, Tim Meko|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
If you look at the Ultimate Series of Spider-Man, Electro always gets shorted-out and then comes back.Jamie Foxx on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ Donald Sterling’s Racism, and Bill O’Reilly’s TV Act|Marlow Stern|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The automatic trigger had become fused, and the control paths were shorted to full-drive throughout.Indirection|Everett B. Cole
Despite the fact that the voltmeter seemed to be shorted out by the relux plate, the needle pointed steadily at twenty-two.Islands of Space|John W Campbell
This species is very similar to the Marbled Murrelet, the chief difference being in the bill which is shorted.The Bird Book|Chester A. Reed
I hooked them up in parallel to get a momentary surge of high-amperage current when I shorted them through my field-making coils.Operation: Outer Space|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The torso was crushed and the power circuits shorted, battery acid was dripping from an ugly rent in the side.The Velvet Glove|Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for short
- not possessing the securities or commodities that have been sold under contract and therefore obliged to make a purchase before the delivery date
- of or relating to such sales, which depend on falling prices for profit
- denoting a vowel of relatively brief temporal duration
- classified as short, as distinguished from other vowels. Thus in English (ɪ) in bin, though of longer duration than (iː) in beat, is nevertheless regarded as a short vowel
- (in popular usage) denoting the qualities of the five English vowels represented orthographically in the words pat, pet, pit, pot, put, and putt
- denoting a vowel that is phonetically short or a syllable containing such a vowel. In classical verse short vowels are followed by one consonant only or sometimes one consonant plus a following l or r
- (of a vowel or syllable in verse that is not quantitative) not carrying emphasis or accent; unstressed
- to prove inadequate
- (often foll by of) to fail to reach or measure up to (a standard)
- a short contract or sale
- a short seller
- as a summary
- in a few words
Derived forms of shortshortness, noun
Word Origin for short
Idioms and Phrases with short
In addition to the idioms beginning with short
- short and sweet
- short end of the stick, the
- short for
- short haul
- short notice, on
- short of
- short order
- short run
- short shrift, give
- by the short hairs
- caught short
- cut short
- fall short
- for short
- in brief (short)
- in short order
- in short supply
- in the long (short) run
- life is too short
- long and short of it
- long (short) haul
- make a long story short
- make short work of
- nothing short of
- run short
- sell short
- stop short